Telecommunications giant AT&T has reached a settlement with the Equal Opportunity Commission (EEOC) over an age discrimination lawsuit. The consent decree settling the suit was entered on October 25, 2011 by U.S. District Judge J. Paul Oetken.
The complaint was filed by the EEOC back in 2009, and claimed AT&T was violating the Age Discrimination in Employment Act (ADEA) by refusing to hire previously retired workers over the age of 40. Further, the EEOC alleged that AT&T discriminated against former employees — by denying them the opportunity for reemployment, based solely on the fact they retired under early retirement plans, including the Voluntary Retirement Incentive Program and the Enhanced Pension and Retirement Program, or other retirement plans.
As part of the settlement, AT&T must:
- End all prohibitions against rehiring retired employees
- Update its databases to ensure retired workers aren’t discriminated against in hiring processes
- Certify annually in writing that it is complying with the agreement
The case originally sought $2.3 billion in damages.
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