News – “Darden to pay $2.85 million to settle ‘old white guys’ discrimination suit”

orlandosentinel.comOrlando-based Darden Restaurants will pay $2.85 million to settle a federal lawsuit alleging that job candidates were told the company’s Seasons 52 restaurants do not hire “old white guys.”

The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission said Wednesday it had settled the 3-year-old lawsuit and the money will go to those that may have been discriminated against when looking for jobs at Seasons 52.

Seasons 52, which has 41 locations, admits no liability and continues to deny the allegations but will be required to hold new training for all hiring managers regarding “age-neutral and non-discriminatory recruiting, interviewing, and hiring; and how to avoid stereotypes in hiring and in the workplace, including ageism and age stereotypes,’’ the settlement says.

Alleged victims of the discrimination will also be invited to reapply for employment. The restaurant chain also has agreed to have its hiring practices monitored for three years by an independent attorney from the Jones Day law firm, Fred W. Alvarez.

“We are pleased to resolve this EEOC matter,” said a statement from Darden spokesman Hunter Robinson. “Putting this behind us is good for Seasons 52, good for our team members and good for our shareholders.”

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This is by far the best headline of 2018, also…the old white guys don’t like being discriminated against huh? Hmmmmmmm

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