A major age discrimination lawsuit brought by the EEOC against Texas Roadhouse was settled out of court Friday for $12 million.
A four-week trial in the cased ended in February in a hung jury. The retrial was scheduled for next month.
The EEOC brought a class action “pattern or practice” lawsuit against the Kentucky-based company in 2011 charging the chain had refused for years to hire workers aged 40 and above for front-of-the-house positions (i.e. servers, hosts, server assistants and bartenders).
Clearly, $12 million won’t break the bank for Texas Roadhouse, a national restaurant chain that earned $400 million in gross profits in 2016. However, Texas Roadhouse also agreed, as part of the settlement, to stop discriminating on the basis of age in the future and to increase its recruitment and hiring of employees aged 40 and older for front-of-the-house positions.
Hopefully, the case will serve as a warning to other national restaurant chains that refuse to hire older workers for front–of-the-house positions.
The EEOC also said Texas Roadhouse will establish the position of diversity director and pay for a compliance monitor to oversee the terms of the three and a half-year consent decree. Continue reading “Texas Roadhouse Suit Settled $12 million”