Texas Roadhouse Class Action Age Discrimination Lawsuit
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Texas Roadhouse Class Action Age Discrimination Lawsuit

By Mike Holter


Texas Roadhouse(LEGAFI) -- Texas Roadhouse has been hit with a class action age discrimination lawsuit that accuses the national restaurant chain of discriminating against applicants over the age of 40 by refusing to hire them.

According to the Texas Roadhouse class action lawsuit, the restaurant chain has a policy of refusing to hire applicants 40 years or older who apply for “front of house” and other public, visible positions, such as servers, hosts and bartenders. The alleged age discrimination has been going on since at least 2007, the class action lawsuit states.

“Denying jobs to qualified applicants who are over 40 years old on account of their age is illegal…and it can have devastating consequences for older workers and their families,” ” said Jacqueline A. Berrien, Chair of the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, which filed the class action age discrimination lawsuit on behalf of Texas Roadhouse applicants who were unlawfully denied a job because of their age.

The EEOC alleges in the class action age discrimination lawsuit that in addition to hiring significantly few “front of the house” employees 40 or older in age, Texas Roadhouse also allegedly instructed its managers to hire younger job applicants. For example, Texas Roadhouse emphasized youth when training managers about hiring employees for its restaurants. All of the images of employees in its training and employment manuals are of young people.

The Texas Roadhouse discrimination lawsuit also alleges that hiring officials have told older unsuccessful applicants across the nation that “there are younger people here who can grow with the company;” “you seem older to be applying for this job” and “do you think you would fit in?” Officials also said that the restaurant was “a younger set environment;” “we are looking for people on the younger side... but you have a lot of experience;” and “how do you feel about working with younger people?”

Age discrimination violates the Age Discrimination in Employment Act. The age discrimination lawsuit is seeking monetary relief for all applicants denied employment because of their age, the adoption of strong policies and procedures to remedy and prevent age discrimination by Texas Roadhouse, training on discrimination for its managers and employees, and more.

“Applicants rarely know that they have been denied a job because of their age,” said Mark Penzel, Senior Trial Attorney in EEOC’s Boston Office. “When the Commission uncovers such evidence, it will act aggressively to remedy the violation.”

Individuals who believe they may have been denied a position at Texas Roadhouse because of their age or who have any information that would be helpful to the EEOC’s suit against Texas Roadhouse should contact the EEOC toll free at (855) 556-1129.


Updated October 4th, 2011

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