EEOC Sues Restaurant on Behalf of Experienced Applicant Told He Couldn’t “Maximize Longevity”

Use the phrase “maximize longevity” in the hiring process could be a smokescreen for age discrimination.

Or so the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission no doubt will argue in its age discrimination lawsuit against a Ruby Tuesday’s restaurant in Florida.

According to the EEOC’s suit, filed on May 17, the company declined to hire a qualified applicant with over 20 years of experience in the food and beverage industry for a general manager position at its Boca Raton restaurant. In response to an inquiry by the applicant as to why Ruby Tuesday declined to hire him, the company informed him it was seeking a candidate who could “maximize longevity.”

“In the South Florida area, we represent the interests of many different people,” said Michael Farrell, director of the EEOC’s Miami District Office. “Age cannot be a factor in whether or not someone can earn a living.”

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