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Press Release 09-27-2022

EEOC Sues Fischer Connectors for Age Discrimination

Company Fired HR Director Because of Her Age, Federal Agency Charges

ATLANTA – Fischer Connectors, Inc., a Swiss-based national manufacturer of circular connectors used in medical devices, violated federal law when it fired its human resources director due to her age (67), the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) charged in a lawsuit announced today.

According to the EEOC’s suit, in early 2019, Fischer Connectors hired a new president, and under the direction of the president and chief executive officer, the company made plans to eliminate all older management and sales employees and replace them with a new, younger work force. The HR director then witnessed Fischer Connectors repeatedly turning down qualified older employees in favor of less-qualified, younger employees and forcing out all older upper-management employees. When the employee questioned the companies’ actions and refused to participate, she was ultimately fired and replaced by two younger individuals.

Such alleged conduct violates the Age Discrimination in Employment Act (ADEA) which prohibits discrimination based on an employee’s age. The EEOC filed suit (Civil Action No. 1:22-CV-03884-SCJ-CCB) in U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Georgia, Atlanta Division, after first attempting to reach a pre-litigation settlement via its conciliation process. The EEOC is seeking back pay, front pay, and liquidated damages, as well as injunctive relief to prevent future discrimination.

“It is illegal for an employer to make employment decisions based on an employee’s age,” said Marcus G. Keegan, regional attorney for the EEOC’s Atlanta District Office. “This is a textbook example of age discrimination.”

Darrell Graham, district director of the Atlanta office, said, “The EEOC remains steadfast in its commitment to enforce the laws that protect individuals 40 years of age and older from unlawful discrimination.”

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