Employer Forks Over $600K to Settle Age Discrimination Lawsuit Over Reclassifications

It took $600,000 to make employees ages 40 and older at Tepro Inc. whole for wages they lost from alleged illegal classification that resulted in their being laidoff.

That’s the amount the Tennessee-based manufacturer of rubber products for the automotive industry has agreed to pay to settle an age discrimination lawsuit filed by the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission.

According to the EEOC, Tepro reclassified employees in the protected age group, age 40 and over, from “Tech II” to “Tech III” positions, using misrepresentations, coercion, or threats, and that this reclassification resulted in the reclassified employees losing their seniority dates and ultimately being laid off.

Twenty five class members allegedly victimized by this illegal behavior will share in the recovery.

Here’s the EEOC’s announcement of the settlement.

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