A multi-million dollar age and sex discrimination lawsuit has just been
filed against real-estate giant Cushman & Wakefield. According to
sources, the discrimination lawsuit was filed in New York state court
and alleged that the company failed to promote a 66-year-old female executive
in favor of a 38-year-old males. The lawsuit alleges that the woman was
passed over for promotion in favor of a younger, less experienced male.
Lawsuits alleging discrimination can often be filed in either state or
federal court. Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 sets makes many
forms of discrimination illegal, including race, color, sex, national
origin and religion. If you have questions about employment discrimination
Atlanta discrimination attorney can provide you critical guidance concerning your next steps.
In this instance, the woman alleged that an executive officer had repeatedly
told her that the “job was hers” but that she was denied the
position. Comments supporting the decision noted that “he was a
“young guy” and that the chief executive officer had previously
stated that “we need young, people, we need young management, we
need young people in this office.”
The woman also made several other claims of bias, including that that she
was denied equal pay. She specifically stated that, despite managing significantly
more brokers than two different leaders in New York and New Jersey, she
was paid $100,000 less than her male counterparts.
She also raised the following other questions:
⇒ That the company promised to pay her $300,000/year but breached
her contract by reducing her salary.
⇒ That the company retaliated against her after she complain of sex
bias by stripping her of many of her managing director duties
It’s important to remember that a claim of retaliation doesn’t
mean simply that you were discharged for making a complaint. It means
almost any negative action by your employer against you (or even against
a family member or friend) in response to your complaint about discrimination,
or for participating as a witness in someone else’s discrimination
case. The U.S. Supreme Court has recently defined retaliation quite broadly,
to include any conduct by an employer that would tend to deter reasonable
people from pursuing their rights.
Claims supporting possible retaliation include:
⇒ She was not given a promised promotion and job title ⇒ She
was excluded from key decisions ⇒ Her authority was questioned
If these allegations are true, they underscore the very real difficulties
faced by older Americans who have significant experience and tenure. Often
rather than being appreciated for their contributions they face discrimination
in favor of younger, less experienced workers.
For more questions about age discrimination or if you believe that you
may have been unlawfully discriminated against at work, please contact
Atlanta discrimination lawyers at The Buckley Law Firm, LLC for an immediate consultation.