The federal Equal Employment Opportunity Commission has sued a suburban Washington dealership, alleging the store fired a 70-year-old manager because of his age.
The EEOC lawsuit asks a federal court in Fairfax, Va., to require Ted Britt Ford Sales Inc. of Fairfax to pay the former employee unspecified damages. They include back wages plus interest and future pay.
Federal age discrimination law protects employees who are 40 years old and older.
The EEOC claims the dealership discriminated against Mahlon Mueller of College Park, Md. The suit alleges the store replaced Mueller as inventory manager in July 2003 with a successor who was younger and less qualified.
Supervisors rated Mueller's performance "exceptional" or "satisfactory" in evaluations, according to a complaint filed June 30 in U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia.
Allen Pinter, 41, the new inventory manager, had a documented history of disciplinary actions at the dealership because of "inappropriate conduct," the complaint says.
The dealership did not respond to repeated phone calls seeking comment.