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Age discrimination claim against Starbucks

by on February 28, 2013

More from the USA. As reported here in Gazette.Net a former Starbucks employee has filed a complaint with the Maryland Commission on Civil Rights alleging that she lost her job as a barista because of her age (she’s 65). The article reports that she was replaced by two women in their 20s.

The US age discrimination legislation differs from that in the UK. It bans discrimination by employers of those aged 40 and older, although discriminatory practices based on a person’s age in relation to hiring, promotions, and redundancy are also banned. It’s apparently difficult to prove age discrimination – the laws are seen as favouring employers –  and claimants need to prove intent to discriminate which can be difficult to establish.

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