Enterprise Rent-A-Car of Los Angeles, LLC will pay $425,000 to settle age discrimination charges filed with the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC), according to the federal agency.
The charges made to the EEOC alleged that job applicants over the age of 40 were passed over for hire into management trainee positions due to their age. This occurred at Enterprise’s Burbank, Calif., location between 2008 and 2011, according to the EEOC.
An EEOC investigation determined that 10 job applicants over 40 were denied hire in favor of less qualified, younger applicants — a violation of the Age Discrimination in Employment Act (ADEA).
According to the EOCC, no applicants over 40 years of age were hired into the management trainee position at Enterprise’s Burbank location during the three-year period.
Enterprise says the job applicants in question weren’t hired due to inadequate qualifications and denies that the Burbank location did anything wrong. But Enterprise has agreed to the settlement to avoid the time and expense associated with further proceedings, according to the EOCC.
The EEOC, Enterprise and the 10 affected job applicants entered into a three-year conciliation agreement.
“Federal law requires that employers select the best qualified job candidates regardless of age," said Rosa M. Viramontes, district director of the EEOC's Los Angeles District Office. "We are pleased that the local Enterprise Rent-A-Car office agreed to adopt measures to ensure that older job applicants enjoy equal employment opportunities going forward."
For more information, visit www.eeoc.gov.