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EEOC Files Age Discrimination Complaint Against Moving Company


Moving from one residence to another is a physically and emotionally demanding task.  You probably have pieces of furniture in your home in places other than their ideal location because you fear that you will get hurt or the furniture will break if you try to move it, and the family members and friends that you ask to help you move it keep giving you noncommittal answers.  Unpacking all of those boxes takes months, if not years.  How do professional movers do it?  How does it take them only a few hours to decide how to make all of your stuff fit into their truck and then to carry those sofas and dressers up the stairs?  To do it successfully, you have to be organized and cautious, not to mention physically strong.  Pure feats of athleticism tend to favor the young, but does that mean that there is a maximum age for being hired to work as a professional mover?  A moving company in California is facing an age discrimination lawsuit for allegedly refusing to hire workers older than 40.  If you have been unfairly denied the chance to do a job that tends to attract job candidates much younger than you, contact a Los Angeles age discrimination lawyer.

How Old Is Too Old for a Physically Demanding Job?

If everyone were willing to accept that adulthood is a linear progression of becoming weaker and less healthy, then we would see far fewer New Year’s resolutions related to health and fitness.  Plenty of middle-aged people take better care of their health than they did during their first decade or so of adulthood and, as a result, they are at least as capable of performing physically demanding work as their younger peers.

The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) filed a lawsuit against a moving company that operates in many cities in California, alleging age discrimination and seeking $15 million in damages.  The EEOC claims that at least six years have passed since the company has hired anyone above the age of 40 to work in a position that involves moving, packing, or customer service.  A spokesperson for the company claims that it is a frivolous lawsuit and that no former job candidates have complained directly to the company.

Federal and state laws prohibit discrimination against workers age 40 and older based on age.  Thus, being in your 40s or older is a protected characteristic, much like race, sex, marital status, or national origin.  Before you can file an employment discrimination lawsuit against an employer, you must first receive authorization from the EEOC.

Speak With a Los Angeles Employment Discrimination Lawyer

A Los Angeles employment discrimination lawyer can help you if an employer refused to hire you for a physically demanding job because of your age.  Contact Litigation, P.C. in Los Angeles, California to discuss your situation or call (424)284-2401.


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