$65,000 Penalty to City of Boone in Resolution of Age Discrimination Suit, Training Ordered

Wednesday, July 13, 2011

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A federal district court judge in Des Moines has entered a consent decree resolving an age discrimination lawsuit brought by the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) against the City of Boone, Iowa, the federal agency announced.

The EEOC had charged that the city violated the Age Discrimination in Employment Act (ADEA) by hiring a 25-year-old with little relevant experience as municipal infraction officer instead of Larry Cook, a 62-year-old with extensive construction, electronics and communications experience. The EEOC filed suit (EEOC v. City of Boone, Iowa, Civil Action No. 04:10-cv-00233) in U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Iowa on May 24, 2010, after first trying to reach a pre-litigation settlement through its conciliation process.

The decree entered by U.S. District Judge Robert W. Pratt prohibits future discrimination and provides that the city will pay Cook $65,000. The city will also train its managers and supervisors regarding employers’ obligations and the rights of job applicants under the ADEA.

“Older workers, who have given so much for so long to our American economy, don’t lose the right to earn a living because of their age,” said John C. Hendrickson, regional attorney of the EEOC’s Chicago District Office, which is responsible for EEOC litigation in Wisconsin, Illinois, Minnesota, Iowa, North Dakota and South Dakota.

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