Michigan Dental Surgery Practice Sued for Age Discrimination

November 1, 2017

Professional Endodontics P.C., a dental surgery practice based in Southfield, Mich., with three locations, has been sued by the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) for allegedly firing an employee because of her age.

According to the EEOC lawsuit, Karen Ruerat had been employed as a receptionist for Professional Endodontics for over 37 years when she was fired four days after her 65th birthday due to a company policy that mandated retirement at age 65.

Such alleged conduct violates the Age Discrimination in Employment Act (ADEA), which protects individuals who are 40 years of age or older from employment discrimination based on age.

The EEOC filed suit (Case No. 2:17-cv-13466 in U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Michigan) after first attempting to reach a pre-litigation settlement through its conciliation process.

The EEOC is seeking injunctive relief prohibiting Professional Endodontics from discriminating against other employees based on age, monetary relief including back pay and liquidated damages, and other affirmative relief for Ruerat.

Source: EEOC

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  • November 8, 2017 at 1:55 pm
    companyman says:
    Jack- There has to be something like that in the marketplace as I know the company I work for has 65 as a mandatory "retirement" age for any of our officers. Since she was a r... read more
  • November 2, 2017 at 9:33 am
    Winning says:
    Never believe you cannot win an age discrimination suit. It's not all that hard to prove. Keep good notes and file a claim if you suffered financially as a result.
  • November 1, 2017 at 1:44 pm
    Jack Kanauph says:
    Wondering what the dental company's defense is? Would a signed employment agreement stating that the employee agrees to retire at 65 hold up?
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