Carney R. Shegerian, founder of Shegerian & Associates, a Santa
Monica-based law firm specializing in employee rights, has issued a
statement aimed at all employees and employers in light of current news
coverage surrounding a US Government Equal Employment Opportunity
Commission (EEOC) age discrimination case filed against Marymount
Manhattan College. Shegerian warns that age discrimination in the
workplace is more common than many realize and can and should lead to
litigious scenarios potentially devastating to the employer.
Marymount Manhattan College, a private liberal arts college located in
New York City, last week settled its lawsuit filed by the EEOC alleging
that it refused to hire a choreography instructor for a tenure-track
assistant professorship because of her age.
According to the EEOC's suit, Marymount passed over a 64-year-old
applicant for an assistant professorship in dance composition who had
been working at Marymount, and instead hired a 38-year-old applicant.
The suit charged that this violated the Age Discrimination in Employment
Act (ADEA), which prohibits age discrimination against employees and jb
applicants who are age 40 or older.
"Companies exist to make money, and that is understandable and positive
by itself," said Shegerian. "But when corporate profit trumps all else,
the dedicated, long-term older workers, sometimes with medical and
health issues, are harassed, pushed out and sometimes treated terribly.
Employees need to protect their rights like corporations protect their
wallets. We applaud the EEOC's efforts in this matter -- hopefully this
news will put employers nationwide on notice that they may never
discriminate against their employees for any reason, including their
By the terms of the consent decree settling the suit, Marymount agreed
to pay $125,000 to the applicant. Further, the school agreed to comply
with the requirements of the ADEA. The decree also requires monitoring
and training on anti-discrimination law. The decree will last for four
An experienced trial attorney, Shegerian has tried many jury trials to
verdict in both state and federal court, representing individuals that
have suffered financial or emotional losses and have been wronged by
employers, including major corporations. Shegerian has built a
remarkable career on helping those who have been wronged in the
workplace. He remains undefeated in federal jury trials and has won over
60 jury trials, including 23 seven figure verdicts representing
Located in Santa Monica, Shegerian & Associates is a law firm
specializing in protecting the rights of employees who have been wronged
by their employers. Richly experienced in labor and employment
law and possessing an unparalleled success record as litigators (Carney
Shegerian himself has won over 60 jury trials in his career, including
23 seven figure verdicts, and he remains undefeated in federal jury
trials), Shegerian & Associates is passionately dedicated to serving the
needs of its clients. For more information, visit www.ShegerianLaw.com.
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