Originally published: May 9, 2017
Diverse Lynx, a Princeton, N.J.-based IT staffing firm, violated federal law when it failed to refer a job applicant because of his age, according to a lawsuit filed today by the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC).
In its lawsuit, the EEOC charged that after Diverse Lynx learned of the applicant's date of birth, the company sent the applicant an email stating that he would no longer be considered for the position because, according to the email, he was "born in 1945" and "age will matter."
The Age Discrimination in Employment Act (ADEA) prohibits employment discrimination based on age, including discrimination in referrals by employment agencies. The EEOC filed suit in U.S. District Court for the District of New Jersey (EEOC v. Diverse Lynx, Civil Action No. 17-cv-03220), after first attempting to reach a pre-litigation settlement through its conciliation process. The agency's litigation effort will be led by EEOC Senior Trial Attorney Rosemary DiSavino.