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The 8th Nominee for the Worst Employer of 2018 is … the Age Discriminator

Seasons 52, a national restaurant chain, agreed to pay $2.85 million to settle a nationwide class age discrimination lawsuit.

Today’s nominee for the Worst Employer of 2018 is Seasons 52, a national, Orlando-based restaurant chain.

Last week, it agreed to pay $2.85 million to settle a nationwide class age discrimination lawsuit brought by the EEOC. The lawsuit included significant direct evidence of age discrimination.

From the agency:

The EEOC’s lawsuit sought relief for applicants age 40 and older that had been denied front-of-the-house and back-of-the-house positions at 35 Seasons 52 restaurants around the country.

During the course of the litigation, over 135 applicants provided sworn testimony that Seasons 52 managers asked them their age or made age-related comments during their interviews, including: “Seasons 52 girls are younger and fresh,” “Most of the workers are younger,” “Seasons 52 hires young people,” or “We are really looking for someone younger.”

If you reject older job applicants as a matter of corporate policy, you might be the worst employer of 2018.

Previous nominees:

The 1st Nominee for the Worst Employer of 2018 Is … the Holy Harasser

The 2nd Nominee for the Worst Employer of 2018 Is … the Arresting School Board

The 3rd Nominee for the Worst Employer of 2018 Is … the Camera Creep

The 4th Nominee for the Worst Employer of 2018 is … the (in)Humane Society Harasser

The 5th Nominee for the Worst Employer of 2018 is … the Political Pension Preventer

The 6th Nominee for the Worst Employer of 2018 is … the Sadistic Sergeant

The 7th Nominee for Worst Employer of 2018 Is … the Pregnancy Provoker

Jon Hyman is a partner at Meyers, Roman, Friedberg & Lewis in Cleveland. Comment below or email editors@workforce.com. Follow Hyman’s blog at Workforce.com/PracticalEmployer.