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Pennsylvania company accused of age discrimination

The EEOC helped a Valley Forge, Pennsylvania man file an age discrimination complaint against a local pharmaceutical distribution company. The man says that he was not hired for a position in their telecommunications department because of his age. He was 60 years old at the time of the alleged discrimination.

The company has issued a statement denying the claim, stating that they are committed to equal employment opportunity. Apparently the company found that the man was overqualified for the position and instead hired someone with less experience. There was some back-and-forth between the company and the recruiters that were referring the man, and the recruiters continued to emphasize that he was interested in the position despite having more experience than it required. The company finally responded that it was "not the right role" for him. The candidate that they did hire was 20 years younger than the man.

The facts of this situation certainly present a likely case for age discrimination. As with other types of discrimination, employers often provide an another reason for refusing to hire the candidate, but their true motive may still be clear.

Particularly in this economic climate, it has become quite common for highly qualified workers to seek jobs that might pay less than their last job or require less expertise. Still, interested job seekers often prioritize working anywhere over finding the perfect fit, and many companies have benefitted from the wealth of qualified applicants. As such, it is rather curious that this company chose to pass up a well-qualified, experienced worker in favor of a much younger one.

Source: Philadelphia Business Journal, "Age-discrimination complaint filed against drug company," John George, Oct. 1, 2012.

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