The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) has reached an innovative settlement in the case of a New York-based legal employment agency that rescinded an offer of employment to a 70-year-old attorney after learning of her date of birth.
Under the consent decree to settle the case, Strategic Legal Solutions agreed to implement a training program called the Strategic Senior Counsel Program (SSCP). The SSCP will provide free training to attorneys age 60 and over on how to conduct document review using eDiscovery software and technologies.
The firm must also pay the attorney the sum of $85,000, implement an anti-discrimination policy, provide annual training to all management and staff, post a notice regarding the case, and report annually to the EEOC for a three-year period.
The 70-year-old attorney was offered a temp position to perform document review by Strategic Legal Solutions but the offer was withdrawn when the firm learned of the candidate’s date of birth. When the attorney asked whether the withdrawal of the offer was based on her age, she was told that she would be put on the “do not use” list.
The settlement helps not only the victim but other attorneys who are denied the right to work due to widespread age discrimination by law firms and legal search firms in the U.S.
According to the EEOC, anyone interested in participating in SSCP may contact Nicole Brello, recruiting assistant with Strategic Legal Solutions, for further information at firstname.lastname@example.org, or call (212) 944-9112 ext. 207. SSCP training sessions will take place both at 110 East 42nd Street, New York City and in Novi, Mich., a suburb of Detroit.
Kudos to the EEOC’s New York District Office. The case is EEOC v. Strategic Legal Resources, Inc. d/b/a Strategic Legal Solutions, Civil Action No. 14-CV-07762-VEC-GWG.