Have you eaten at Texas Roadhouse lately?
The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) has filed suit against the Kentucky based chain Texas Roadhouse franchise and its chain of more than 350 restaurants, claiming as part of their company hiring practices they intentionally discriminate against workers age 40 and older.
Most companies with 15 or more employees are covered under the EEOC and must comply with the laws (employers with 20 employees for age discrimination cases). This particular EEOC suit was filed in the U.S. District Court of Massachusetts, and alleges that Texas Roadhouse has been engaging in discriminatory practices since at least 2007, and specifically denying positions to those over 40 for “front of the house,” hourly and other visible positions (such as servers, hosts, bartenders).
Officials also report that the restaurant chain has a “younger mindset” when it comes to their environment. Pictures in the company’s employment and training manuals all depict young people, and managers are trained to hire only younger workers.
According to EEOC documented statements, Texas Roadhouse managers allegedly have said the following to older job applicants:
- "We think you are a little too old to work here. ... We like younger people."
- "We're hiring for greeters, but we need the young, hot ones who are chipper and stuff."
- “You seem older to be applying for this job."
The suit is seeking monetary damages for applicants that were discriminated against and changes to Texas Roadhouse hiring practices to ensure compliance with the Age Discrimination in Employment Act.
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