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Seasons 52 accused of not hiring people based upon discrimination

Selecting the right person to fill a fill a position is never an easy task. There are many criteria for which an employer can eliminate a potential applicant. Some are considered illegal. If a Florida company is not cautious regarding its hiring practices to stay within the confines of the law, it may be accused of discrimination.

The Seasons 52 restaurant is accused of only wanting to hire young employees at its facility. The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission claims that the chain is not hiring any workers age 40 or older. This is allegedly applicable to candidates who apply to work in both the back and the front of the restaurant.

According to the complaint, workers who applied and were over 40 were told that the restaurant was looking for fresh faces and wanted to appeal to a younger crowd. The company was accused of telling applicants that it was not looking for "old white guys." Other applicants were told they were too experienced for the positions to which they were applying and were thus disqualified.

According to the EEOC, this discrimination practice has been going on since at least 2010 in the Florida restaurant chain. Applicants who feel that they were passed over for a position based upon any legally protected status, may choose to file complaints in a civil court. Based upon appropriate evidence of the discrimination, the claimants could be awarded monetary damages for the duress that endured as well as any other financial relief that the court finds applicable.

Source: South Tampa-Hyde Park Fl. Patch, "ICYMI: Seasons 52 Not Looking for 'Old White Guys,' Federal Lawsuit Alleges", Sherri Lonon, Feb. 15, 2015

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