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Age discrimination claim filed against Miami-area restaurant

Just a short drive southwest of Miami brings you to Coral Gables. It's there that you can find a Seasons 52 restaurant chain location serving items from its fresh grill and wine menu. But according to allegations in a recently filed lawsuit, your meal won't be brought to you by a server over the age of 40.

The age discrimination claim was filed in U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Florida. The suit says the chain rejects applicants age 40 and over for jobs as servers, hosts and bartenders. The company that owns and operates more than three dozen of the chain's restaurants denies the allegations.

The lawsuit claims that since 2010, the Seasons 52 chain has sent hiring officers to new locales to oversee staffing. It claims further that some older applications were given blunt explanations for their rejections, including telling people that the company "wasn't looking for old white guys."

The lawsuit asks the court to order monetary relief to applications discriminated against because of their age, as well as ordering Seasons 52 management to create policies and procedures to prevent future age discrimination.

A statement issued by Seasons 52 ownership to a Florida TV station said the company "will defend this claim vigorously."

The Law Offices of Gary A. Costales, PA, understands the intracies of the Age Discrimination in Employment Act, Title VII and other crucial elements of employment law that protects workers. Please see our Discrimination page for more information about how we can help you.

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