A 66-year-old man is suing his former employer, the San Jacinto College District, for firing him because of his age. He filed suit in Houston and he alleges both age discrimination and retaliation. He is suing for an unspecified amount of damages.
The man is a former police officer with upwards of 30 years of experience as a law enforcement provider. He worked as a police officer for the college’s south campus. He asserts that the department’s chief made no secret of his bias against older police officers. He states that the chief coerced older officers into early retirement.
This officer, however, did not take early retirement. Instead, he says he was passed over for promotions that went to younger applicants with less experience. Moreover, he states that he was wrongfully terminated in retaliation after reporting such discrimination.
Employment-related disputes regarding age are not uncommon, but age discrimination is illegal. If this man is to be believed—and he is requesting a trial by jury to do just that—he is another example of an employee who devoted his service to a career only to be unceremoniously thrown to the wayside when he was most vulnerable as an employee in a competitive job market.
A simple Google search for age discrimination readily pulls up recent headlines of cases throughout the country. Many people who are wrongfully terminated for their age may think they cannot afford to fight a breach of contract or wrongful termination; however, many cannot afford not to either. Contacting an attorney to simply discuss the merits of a case is the first step in the fight for one’s right to retain their employment and/or hold their employer accountable.
Source: Southeast Texas Record, “Houston man says college fired him from police department because of age,” John Suayan, Aug. 6, 2013