DES MOINES – The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) has filed a lawsuit alleging that the City of Boone, Iowa violated federal law by hiring a 25-year-old rather than a more qualified 62-year-old because of the latter’s age.
According to the lawsuit, the EEOC’s investigation which preceded the lawsuit revealed that in 2005 the city rejected a U.S. Navy veteran, Larry Cook, for the new position of municipal infractions officer despite his extensive construction, electronic, communications, and management experience. Instead, the EEOC claims, the city chose the youngest candidate, a 25-year-old with little relevant experience.
Such alleged conduct violates the Age Discrimination in Employment Act (ADEA). The EEOC filed suit after first attempting to reach a voluntary pre-litigation settlement through its conciliation process. The agency seeks back pay and liquidated damages for Cook as well as an order barring future discrimination. The suit, captioned EEOC v. City of Boone, Iowa (Civil Action No.04:10-cv-00233), was filed in federal district court in Des Moines and assigned to U.S. District Judge Robert W. Pratt.