Age Discrimination

A seasonal fruit packing business employed temporary workers during packing season. At the end of the season, all employees were laid off. The fruit packing business does not assign grades or levels of seniority. They did not hire, lay off, or rehire based on length of service. A former female employee alleged that she was laid off based on her age. She filed an age discrimination charge with the California Department of Fair Employment and Housing (DFEH).  After an investigation, the DFEH dismissed her charge and found in favor of the fruit packing business. Defense costs exceeded $40,000.

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