In January 2017, a federal jury in Camden, NJ awarded a verdict of $51.5 million against Lockheed Martin for alleged age discrimination.
Law.com reported that the lawsuit claimed Lockheed Martin had a practice of laying off older employees and replacing them with newer employees for the same position.
Lockheed Martin Age Discrimination Case Details
Plaintiff Robert Braden, whose title was Project Specialist, Senior Staff at the Lockheed Martin facility in Moorestown, NJ brought a lawsuit against the company after being laid off when he was 66 years old. The company laid off five employees out of the 110 employed at the facility, and all five were over 50 years old. Braden said the company gave no reason for laying him off and did not use any objective measures to decide which employees to lay off. Despite laying off employees, the company continued to recruit and hire younger employees for positions Braden was also qualified to hold.
Braden brought the lawsuit under the New Jersey Law Against Discrimination (NJLAD) and the American Discrimination in Employment Act (ADEA).
Work Background Details about Braden, the Plaintiff
Braden first started working for the Moorestown facility in 1984 when RCA was the owner, and as the company went through a series of different owners as a result of mergers and acquisitions, he eventually became a Lockheed Martin employee in 1995.
The jury awarded Braden $520,000 in back pay under the ADEA and another $520,000 for emotional distress. They also awarded $50 million in punitive damages against Lockheed Martin.
If you are a business owner and have questions about age discrimination, consult with an experienced employment lawyer to avoid disputes and lawsuits.
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