Discrimination Suit Against L.A. Enterprise Rent-a-Car Settled
Job applicants to Enterprise Rent-A-Car Co. of Los Angeles filed a complaint earlier this year with the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission alleging age discrimination in hiring. EEOC then investigated the complaint and subsequently filed suit against the company, finding that no job candidates over 40 years old was hired into management trainee positions during the period of time relevant to the complaint. Ten older candidates over 40 years old were not hired in favor of less qualified, younger applicants, according to the EEOC. The company decided to settle the complaint in the amount of $425,000.
Pursuing a discrimination complaint, including age discrimination, involves several procedural steps prior to going to court. If an individual believes unlawful discrimination has taken place, he or she will have to first file a charge with the EEOC within 180 days of the discriminatory act. EEOC will then transmit a notice to the employer to notify them that a charge has been filed.
EEOC will then commence an investigation of the case to determine if there is sufficient evidence to support the allegation of discrimination. This is called a “cause” determination. If EEOC finds cause, the agency is required to begin conciliation efforts, which is an attempt to resolve the issues prior to going to court. If no conciliation agreement is reached, then the EEOC will either issue the victim a “right to sue” letter or file a lawsuit on the person’s behalf.
The procedural maze of pursuing a discrimination claim can be a complex and confusing process. In order to ensure that you preserve your rights properly, you should consult with the seasoned attorneys of Dejban Law to determine your best strategy for pursuing your claim. Contact us now by email at firstname.lastname@example.org or by phone us at (818) 325-3820 for a free and confidential initial consultation.