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CVS pharmacist sues for age discrimination, awarded $400,000

A pharmacist sued his employer, CVS, for discrimination, and the jury has recently ruled in the decision. The pharmacist claimed age discrimination against CVS for firing him after he turned 65, which is illegal in Michigan as well as the rest of the country. The pharmacist has been awarded $400,000 in back wages resulting from the suit.

According to the pharmacist, he took some time off to celebrate his 65th birthday on Aug. 13 in 2009. When he returned to work on Aug. 17, he was informed that he was fired. The pharmacist was astonished to find that his replacement was only 27 years old, and he then realized that his termination was a case of age discrimination.

The jury found that CVS terminated the pharmacist willfully, and CVS violated the Age Discrimination Employment Act. That ruling means that the pharmacist was allowed reimbursement for back pay, which totaled $400,000 in liquidated damages. However, a representative from CVS stated that the company has a strict non-discrimination policy, and the company may plan an appeal to the decision.

Despite CVS's claims that the company did not discriminate against the pharmacist, the jury found that the pharmacist was terminated because of age discrimination. Age discrimination is illegal in Michigan as well as the rest of the country. If any Michigan citizen believes his or her self to be a victim of age discrimination in the workplace, that citizen could gain from exploring all of the legal options available under our laws in order to plot the best course of action that is in his or her best interest.

Source: al.com, Federal jury finds CVS Pharmacy in Anniston violated Age Discrimination Employment Act; awards pharmacist $400,000 (updated), Kent Faulk, Nov. 8, 2013

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