Recently a law firm settled a case in which it was sued for age discrimination because of a policy that required partners who wanted to continue practicing with the firm after they reached the age of 70 to give up their equity in the firm. Instead, they would be compensated through discretionary bonuses. As part of the settlement, the firm agreed to both drop the policy and to pay the plaintiff who brought the lawsuit $574,000.
Which leads me to this question – if lawyers can’t figure out the basics of age discrimination, how can your employees?
Don’t expect your employees to act based on what seems right, makes sense to them or feels “fair”. You have to examine your policies to make sure that they fall within the lines of the law, and then train your employees so that they know to recognize situations where the policies come into play, and follow the policies.