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Age Discrimination Claim Filed Against Jarvis Christian College

A 60-year-old woman who used to work as the executive secretary to the president at Jarvis Christian College in Hawkins is now suing the academic institution, alleging violations of the Age Discrimination in Employment Act. According to The Southeast Texas Record, the elderly employee Emma J. Robinson claims that she was demoted from her position and replaced by an employee who was more than 15 years younger than she.

In this case, the plaintiff claims that the new executive secretary that replaced her had less seniority and fewer qualifications. When Robinson asked the college president why she was being demoted, she was reportedly told by the manager, "I am the President."

With help from an employment lawyer, Robinson is now seeking damages for back pay, front pay, lost income, reinstatement to former position, liquidated damages, statutory damages, interest, court costs and attorney fees. The lawsuit against Jarvis Christian College was filed in the Eastern District of Texas, Tyler Division last month.

The federal Age Discrimination in Employment Act (ADEA) prohibits employers from discriminating against employees and applicants who are 40 years of age and older based on their age. FindLaw states that this federal law applies to employers with twenty or more employees.

Claims of unlawful discrimination on the basis of age can be difficult to prove and usually require the employee to show that adverse action was specifically taken on the basis of his or her age and not other factors. More information about age discrimination in employment can be found through our Related Resource pages.

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