Age Discrimination

Inside the Law: Too Experienced Age Discrimination

June 12, 2018 - 3:15 am

By Amy E. Feldman, Judge Technology Solutions​

PHILADELPHIA (KYW Newsradio) -- You know it's hard to get a job when you don't have experience. But what about when you have too much? 

The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission announced a settlement in a case in which the hiring managers told applicants that they weren't looking for old white guys. Obviously, they weren't applying to the Senate where that's not disqualifying. They were applying to restaurant chain Seasons 52 where the plaintiffs said that it was standard operating procedure to tell applicants that they were too experienced.  

There are good reasons not to want to hire someone with a lot of experience for an entry level job, including a lower salary, an experienced manager, or a fear that the applicant will leave the minute a better job comes along. So why is that illegal? 

The reason is that many companies, including Seasons 52, found out that the EEOC is wise to companies who use the phrase "too experienced" when they really mean "too old," as proven by managers who outright said they wanted younger, fresher girls as servers and who asked about applicants' date of birth or high school graduation. 
Seasons 52 learned a $3 million lesson in why you need to consider well-seasoned workers rather than using an excuse to reject them.