Baseball fans in Rhode Island were recently appalled by the revelation of age discrimination charges. This was due to a lawsuit launched by 17 former baseball scouts. These individuals have claimed that they were fired from their positions because of their age. All of the people named in the suit are over the age of 55.
Is the MLB guilty of age discrimination?
The allegations of discrimination brought against the MLB represent a direct violation of state and federal employment law. According to the report, all of the parties to the suit were denied reinstatement to their positions after a probation period. Instead, the league hired new scouts, all of whom were under the age of 40.
The complainants allege that these actions constitute a clear case of discrimination based on their age. They claim the league has adopted a “Moneyball” policy that fundamentally changes how new players are scouted. As a result, older scouts were fired in favor of younger recruits who worked for less money.
Can you fight back against age discrimination?
There are several steps that you can take if you believe you have been the victim of deliberate age discrimination. The first thing that you can do will be to file a formal complaint. You can do so directly with your employer or via the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC).
Before filing your official complaint, you should collect evidence to help prove your case. Keep all the relevant emails, text messages, and other materials that prove you were discriminated against because of your age. The more material you can produce, the stronger your case will be.
There are several forms of compensation that you may be entitled to if you can prove that you were discriminated against. One of them will be financial damages you can receive directly from your employer. You may also be entitled to be reinstated to your former job. There may be other awards that will depend on the facts of the case.