Out Front: Restaurant Barred Older Applicants From Server, Host Jobs, EEOC Charges in Suit

Older Americans have a tough enough time getting hired when they are up against younger competition. The last thing they need is to have an employer actively refuse to consider them because of their age.

But according to the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, that’s what a Houston-based restaurant change did.

EEOC’s lawsuit said that since at least 2008, Bayou City Wings has been discriminating against a class of applicants for “front of house” positions, such as food servers and hosts, by failing to hire them because of their age (40 years and older).

According to EEOC’s lawsuit, Bayou City Wings’ upper management instructed other managers not to recruit and hire older job seekers and disciplined and terminated a manager who refused to comply. The agency also charged that since at least 2008 to about November 2013, the company failed to preserve employment records, including the job applications of unsuccessful applicants, in violation of federal law.

Here’s more on the lawsuit.

 

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