Human Resources

Costly Age Discrimination Lawsuits on the Rise

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Earlier this year a federal jury awarded 66-year-old Robert Braden a whopping $51.1 million in damages against his former employer Lockheed Martin Corporation. Mr. Braden was not a high-level executive; instead, he was a mid-level manager who had been employed by Lockheed Martin for 28 years. He was discharged as part of a company-wide reduction in force (RIF). 

At trial, Braden’s counsel presented the following salient facts to the jury:

Hiring Documents Willfully Violated Fair Credit Reporting Act

During the hiring process, employers provide prospective applicants with a variety of documents.  Indeed, most employers require that applicants complete an employment application and authorize the employer to conduct a background check, a drug test, or both. Although this is an expected and widely accepted practice, many employers do not know that their application and background-check authorization forms – if not in compliance with state and federal law – may subject them to liability.