The EEOC appears to be hopelessly confused about the significance of qualifications in age discrimination case.
This week, the EEOC filed a rare lawsuit alleging age discrimination in hiring. The EEOC charges that CBS Stations Group of Texas violated the Age Discrimination in Employment Act (ADEA) when it failed to hire Tammy Campbell, 42, for a full-time traffic reporter position because of her age. An EEOC press release states the station hired a 24-year old female applicant who was less qualified than Campbell.
The case contradicts the EEOC’s dismissal last month of a lawsuit filed by a 60-year-old woman who was rejected for one of five attorney positions with the Social Security Administration. The novice hiring officer testified the woman was more qualified than some or all of the younger applicants but that he didn’t consider objective qualifications. He said he based his hiring decisions entirely upon whom he thought would be the best fit for the “culture” of the agency.