For five years Nancy Sullivan worked as an adjunct professor in the English Department at Harold Washington College in Chicago. In a recent suit filed on Sullivan’s behalf, the EEOC alleges that the college discriminated against the 66 year old due to her age.
As described in this article, in September of 2011 Sullivan applied to three full-time job openings as advertised by the college. The positions were ultimately filled by applicants that were younger and had less experience than Sullivan.
District Director for the EEOC, John Roe, “What we discovered was that Sullivan had the credentials, had compiled an excellent record during her tenure as an adjunct and had enthusiastic recommendations from several full-time members of the faculty. She looked like a perfect fit for the job, yet was passed over in favor of younger, less-experienced candidates. That’s age discrimination.”
The EEOC names City Colleges of Chicago as Defendant in this action. Spokeswoman for City Colleges of Chicago, Kathryn Hayes, “City Colleges of Chicago prides itself as an inclusive and diverse workplace.”
In addition to back pay, the suit seeks injunctive relief to prevent the college from practicing future employment age discrimination and asks that Sullivan be given a full-time position at the college.
If you or someone you know thinks they have experienced discrimination due to age, the team at Radford & Keebaugh can help. Contact us by phone at (678) 369-3609 or use our contact form.