Relations Commission Orders Fast Food Franchisee to Pay $7,591 for Age
Harrisburg – The Pennsylvania Human Relations
Commission today ordered Paksh LLC, of Hagerstown, Md., to pay more than $7,591
to Sharon L. Emmons, of Chambersburg, Franklin County, for discriminating
against her based on her age.
filed a complaint alleging that the company discriminated against her based on
her age by refusing to hire her at its Dunkin Donuts and Baskin Robbins
location at 1479 Lincoln Way East in Chambersburg.
multiple notices, the company failed to answer the complaint. The commission
held them liable for illegal discrimination and held a public hearing, which
they failed to attend.
to hire a qualified worker simply because of her age is discrimination,”
Executive Director JoAnn Edwards said. “With 56 percent of Pennsylvania’s
workforce being over 40, and 42 percent of unemployed workers who have given up
looking for work being over 40, age discrimination can clearly damage our
who refuse to consider qualified applicants based on myths and stereotypes of
older workers not only risk liability, they rob themselves of an available
labor pool who could become loyal, hard-working employees.”
commission ordered Paksh to cease discriminating based on age, and to pay
Emmons $6,839.76 for lost wages and expenses, plus interest. To date, the
interest brings the amount to $7,591.
has 30 days to report to the commission on how it will comply.
about discrimination, employer responsibilities and the investigative process