Replacing Employees With Younger Employees Because Of Their Age Is Illegal

     The EEOC filed a lawsuit against a dental practice, Capital City Dental Care, alleging that Capital City terminated many of its dental hygienists because of their age.  The lawsuit alleges that from September 2015 through November 2015, Capital City fired eight dental hygienists over the age of forty at one of its locations (only one hygienist over the age of forty at this location was not terminated).  Capital City did not give these employees any notice or explanation for the terminations.  Over the next couple of years, Capital City replaced these hygienists with fourteen other employees, thirteen of whom were under 40 years old.  The alleged conduct is a violation of the Age Discrimination in Employment Act.  Employers may not terminate employees because of their age.  See EEOC v. Michael A. Sisk, DDS, LLC, No. 1:19-cv-00804-UN1 (M.D. Pa.).

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