Restaurant Serves Up $12M in Settlement of Nationwide ADEA Lawsuit Over Hiring Practices

Texas Roadhouse wasn’t going to take its changes with a jury a second time over allegations that it wouldn’t consider applicants over 40 and over for “front of the house” positions such as hostess and server.

The national Kentucky-based restaurant chain just agreed to fork out $12 million to settle an age discrimination in employment act lawsuit.

The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission filed suit against the company in 2011, accuses it of engaging in a nationwide pattern and practice of illegal age discrimination by hiring only younger-looking people in “front of the house” positions like hostess and server.

After a four-week trial earlier this year, the case ended in a hung jury. It was scheduled for retrial on May 15.

The chain apparently didn’t want to risk going to trial again, so it agreed to the hefty settlement.

Under the settlement, affected individuals age 40 and older who applied to Texas Roadhouse for a front-of-the-house position between Jan. 1, 2007, and Dec. 31, 2014, can apply for relief.

“I am pleased to see this matter come to a mutually agreed-upon resolution,” said EEOC Acting Chair Victoria A. Lipnic. “As we mark the 50th anniversary of the Age Discrimination in Employment Act (ADEA) this year, it is as important as ever to recognize the very real consequences of age discrimination and the need for job opportunities for older workers.”

Here’s my writeup on the suit from 2011.

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