Elderly employee accuses RTX, formerly Raytheon, of discrimination in job ads – Daily News

FILE – A sign stands on the road leading to the Raytheon facility in Marlborough, Mass., on June 10, 2019. A major defense contractor was sued on Tuesday, June 11, 2024, for allegedly discriminating against older workers in job advertisements. (AP Photo/Bill Sikes, File)

By Michael Casey | Associated Press

Defense contractor RTX, formerly Raytheon Technologies Corp., was sued Tuesday for allegedly discriminating against older workers in job advertisements.

The lawsuit, filed in federal court in Boston, accuses RTX of running ads aimed at young workers. their older peers Violates the federal Age Discrimination in Employment Act, the Massachusetts Fair Employment Practices Act, and the Virginia Human Rights Act.

The lawsuit alleges that the multinational aerospace and defense conglomerate, based in Arlington, Washington, posted job ads for job applicants who are recent college graduates or have less than two years of experience, which excluded older workers from consideration or prevented them from applying in the first place.

“Americans are living and working longer than ever, yet unfair and discriminatory hiring practices keep older workers out of jobs where they’re qualified,” AARP Foundation Senior Vice President of Litigation William Alvarado Rivera said in a statement. “Raytheon’s intentional discrimination against experienced job candidates simply because of their age is illegal and unacceptable.”

In a statement, the company denied the allegations.

“RTX complies with all applicable age discrimination laws and we are committed to maintaining a diverse workforce,” RTX said. “We believe these claims are completely without merit and we will vigorously defend our hiring practices.”

A 2023 AARP survey found that nearly one in six adults reported not being hired for a job they applied for in the past two years because of their age. Half of job seekers said they were asked by an employer to provide their date of birth during the application or interview process.

About half of Americans also thinks there is age discrimination in the workplace, according to an Associated Press poll by the NORC Center for Public Affairs Research. But there is an age divide. According to the survey, 60% of adults over 60 say that older workers in the US are always or often discriminated against, while 43% of adults under 45 say the same.

The lawsuit, which seeks class-action status, was filed by the AARP Foundation, Peter Romer-Friedman Law and Outten & Golden, whose managing partner Adam Klein said it should serve as a warning to other large companies that engage in such discrimination.

“Fortune 500 companies should know better than to exclude hard-working older Americans from employment by hiring ‘recent college graduates,'” Klein said in a statement, adding that the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission “has long believed that this type of language is disincentive.” Qualified older workers from applying for jobs”.

The plaintiff in the case, 67-year-old Mark Goldstein, claims it The application is for several positions in the company from 2019. Goldstein filed a complaint with the EEOC alleging that she was not considered for the jobs, and the EEOC ruled that she was denied because of her age. The EEOC also found that Raytheon’s job postings violated the ADEA, the lawsuit said.

The lawsuit demands that the company stop discriminating against Goldstein and the “tens of thousands” of potential members of the class action who “applied, tried to apply, or were interested” in the job. It also requires the company to institute policies that provide “equal employment opportunities for all employees,” regardless of age, and to pay damages, including back pay, to Goldstein and other affected workers.

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