Wednesday, May 12, 2010

Nursing Home to Pay $40,000 to Settle Age Discrimination Lawsuit

GULFPORT, Miss. – Poplar Springs Nursing Center, LLC, will pay $40,000 and furnish other relief to settle an age and race discrimination lawsuit filed by the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission.

According to the EEOC’s lawsuit, Poplar Springs discriminated against Gloria Carey, a 53-year-old black female with 27 years of social work experience, by denying her a social worker position because of her age and race. The EEOC alleged that a less qualified 34-year-old white female was the only candidate interviewed and then hired.

In addition to the $40,000 in compensatory damages, the settlement also requires Poplar Springs to provide training to both management and employees, with particular emphasis on age and race discrimination, and to submit reports to the EEOC detailing its compliance with the consent decree.

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