As the workforce ages, the nature of age discrimination lawsuits is changing. While the law protects anyone over age 40 from discrimination on the basis of age, some recent cases involve complaints from employees older than the traditional retirement age of 65. The EEOC announced two separate settlements this week in cases involving employees 70 years old or more who alleged discrimination under the Age Discrimination in Employment Act.
In one case, the EEOC charged that Kmart discriminated against a 70-year-old pharmacist at a Honolulu store. Kmart will pay $120,000 to settle the suit. The EEOC said in a news release: