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60-year-old Strip Club Waitress Receives $60K in EEOC Age Discrimination Settlement

January 25, 2011

Our Fullerton, California labor and employment attorneys have been following the recent announcement that a sixty-year-old strip club waitress recently received a $60,000 settlement from her former employers, after the worker claimed she was wrongfully terminated because of age discrimination.

Mary Bassi reportedly filed a complaint with the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) after she was fired from her job as a bartender at the Cover Girls strip club in 2006, after working in the club for 13 years. Bassi claimed in the lawsuit that her employment was wrongfully terminated after two 30-something male managers made derogatory statements about her age, joking that she was showing signs of Alzheimer's, among other negative age-related comments.

The EEOC-filed lawsuit also claimed that the managers began scheduling younger waitresses to cover Bassi's shifts, and then terminated her employment.

As our Santa Ana employment attorneys discussed in a related blog post, the Age Discrimination in Employment Act (ADEA) protects job applicants and employees who are forty-years-old or older from discrimination in the workplace based on age. It is a violation of the ADEA to discriminate against an individual because of age in any condition of employment, including hiring, firing, layoff, promotion, job assignments, training, compensation and benefits, along with other terms of employment. It is also against the law to retaliate against an employee for opposing discriminatory practices based on age.

According to the EEOC, businesses in any sector cannot shirk federal laws that protect employees from discrimination based on age. Connie White, the EEOC lawyer who represented Bassi's case reportedly stated that this settlement could help other aging workers in the adult entertainment industry to fight discrimination based on age.

If you or someone you know has experienced age discrimination in the workplace in Orange County, California, contact our labor and employment attorneys at Howard Law, PC for a free consultation about your rights.

Mary Bassi, 60-year-old Adult Entertainment Worker, Gets $60K From Former Employer, The New York Daily News, January 17, 2011

Sex-agenarian Score$, New York Post, January 18, 2011

Related Web Resources:

Facts About Age Discrimination, EEOC