In a recent lawsuit filed in U.S. District Court in Camden, a former radiological technologist at Cooper Health System claims that he was a victim of age discrimination and retaliation that led to his wrongful termination. According to the lawsuit, the 52-year-old former employee maintains that he was targeted for termination and suffered derogatory comments about his age from his superiors. After failing to get support from Cooper’s Human Resources department, the plaintiff filed a formal complaint with the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) citing Cooper with violating the federal Age Discrimination in Employment Act and the New Jersey Law Against Discrimination.
In May, 2014, the plaintiff claims that he was written up for a false reason, and was told by his manager that he “was not getting any younger,” and that “jobs are harder to get when you get older.” The plaintiff then filed an age discrimination report with Cooper’s Human Resources department, who he says failed to investigate or resolve the issue. A month after he filed his complaint, the plaintiff was put on a Performance Improvement Plan despite the fact that he had two glowing performance evaluations before this.
Following the implementation of the Performance Improvement Plan, the plaintiff said his work area became a hostile environment, he received negative comments on his performance report and had performance expectations set by his managers that were unreasonable and virtually impossible to obtain. The victim was terminated from his position just one month after he filed his formal complaint with the EEOC.
The plaintiff is asking for a trial by jury, punitive damages and lost wages including those he would have earned in the future, pay increases he would have earned and pension benefits. He is also seeking a court order that would prohibit Cooper Health System from continuing their alleged discriminatory practices. Cooper Health System has not made any comment on the allegations.
South Jersey Employment Discrimination Lawyers at Sidney L. Gold & Associates Defend Victims of Age Discrimination in the Workplace
Employers have a responsibility to provide reasonable accommodations for their employees, including those brought on by advanced age. When this does not happen, or if an employee is retaliated against for reporting discriminatory behaviors, the employer is in violation of federal and state anti-discrimination laws. South Jersey employment discrimination lawyers at Sidney L. Gold & Associates have nearly three decades of experience successfully representing victims of age, sex, national origin, race, pregnancy, gender identification and religious discrimination. We can help you claim the justice and compensation you may be entitled to receive.
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