A West Virginia woman has filed a lawsuit against a major furniture company, claiming that she was fired because of her age. The claimant worked for Heritage Home Group LLC since 1999, but she was fired in 2014. Before she lost her job, she was working as a sales representative and states that she performed her job in a satisfactory manner. After the company was reorganized, she believes she was a victim of age discrimination.
During the reorganization of the company, the woman was fired over a telephone call. Apparently, she was 50 at the time she was fired, but she notes that younger representatives were simply moved to other sales areas. This includes areas that were previously her sales territory and even in her home state of West Virginia.
According to the lawsuit, the company fired her because she was older, despite a track record of success and hard work. The woman is seeking compensatory damages from the company. Discrimination in the workplace is unacceptable, including mistreatment or termination because of a person's age, appearance, gender, sexual orientation or other factors protected by applicable law.
When a West Virginia employee is subjected to mistreatment or is fired because of age, it is appropriate to take legal action in order to protect one's rights. Age discrimination should not be tolerated, and employers can be held financially liable for loss of income and other damages. If a person suspects that age was a determining factor in the termination of a job, it is beneficial to seek the opinion of an experienced employment law lawyer.
Source: wvrecord.com, "Woman sues Heritage Home Group for discrimination", Kyla Asbury, Dec. 4, 2015