Some four years after the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) accused several Ruby Tuesday, Inc. restaurants in Pennsylvania and Ohio of engaging in a pattern or practice of age discrimination against 40-year-old or older job applicants, Ruby Tuesday agreed to settle the claims, without admitting any liability. EEOC v. Ruby Tuesday, Inc., No. 09-1330 (U.S. Dist. Ct., W.D. Pa., consent decree approved December 9, 2013).
The company will pay $575,000 into a qualified settlement fund account to provide back pay and statutory damages to eligible claimants, designate a decree compliance monitor to ensure compliance with the terms of the agreement, establish hiring and recruitment goals for individuals in the protected age group, adopt and maintain an electronic applicant tracking system, audit compliance, and report to EEOC.The company has also agreed to provide sufficient training regarding the decree, will report age-discrimination complaints to EEOC and retain certain records to resolve claims that it failed to maintain employment records as required by law.