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Workplace discrimination: Radiologist claims age discrimination

Older workers in California may be the victims of age discrimination. Employers may appreciate the fact that the knowledge and experience of older workers are valuable assets for a company. However, they may also consider the fact that these more experienced workers who earn substantial salaries could be replaced by less experienced individuals who will cost the company far less in wages. Age-related workplace discrimination is, therefore, not an uncommon occurrence.

A university in another state, along with its school of medicine, radiology facility and a particular staff member who was the plaintiff's boss is facing a lawsuit that was brought by a former employee who alleges age discrimination. The plaintiff was a radiologist at the facility from 2009 through 2013 when his employment was terminated. According to the complaint, the plaintiff's boss started in 2011 to encourage him to retire.

The suit further states that the defendant later threatened the plaintiff with termination and allegedly even offered a reward of extended health benefits if the plaintiff retired. According to the suit, the plaintiff -- who was 62-years-old at the time -- was terminated on Aug. 19, 2013, only to be replaced by three radiologists who were younger. He is seeking reinstatement to his former position and recovery of damages that include lost salary and benefits, fear, anxiety, emotional distress and legal fees.

California workers who believe they have been the victims of workplace discrimination of any type are entitled to pursue legal action. Fighting a former employer may seem daunting, but any victim of workplace discrimination retains the right to obtain legal counsel to advocate for him or her in a court. After assessing the circumstances, an experienced attorney can proceed in the most appropriate way in an effort to obtain the results sought by the client.

Source: pennrecord.com, "Man sues Temple University, claiming that he was discriminated against because of his age", Carrie Bradon, Feb. 12, 2016