Costco Sued For Age Discrimination, Terminated Manager Claims Costco Wanted a "Younger Workforce"

SHERMAN – A Costco meat department manager has filed a lawsuit claiming he was fired from his position because the store was trying to create a younger workforce.

Lawrence G. Wojcik filed suit against Costco Wholesale Corp. on June 18 in the Eastern District of Texas, Sherman Division.

Wojcik began working for Costco as a meat cutter on Sept. 27, 1988, and was promoted to meat department manager.

According to the suit, on Feb. 9, 2012, Wojcik informed his supervisor that he would be taking 60 days leave due to heart issues under the Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA).

However, Wojcik returned back to work within 30 days and was placed on suspension the day he returned. On March 13, 2012, Wojcik was terminated after 24 years of employment with Costco. At the time of his termination, he was 60 years old.

In his suit, Wojcik alleges that Costco was “trying to push out their older employees while trying to create a younger workforce.”

The defendant is accused of violating the Age Discrimination in Employment Act, the FMLA and the Texas Commission on Human Rights.

The plaintiff is seeking an award of actual damages, lost wages, medical costs, lost employment, liquidated dam
ages, compensatory damages for emotional pain, suffering, inconvenience, mental anguish, loss of enjoyment of life, interest, attorney’s fees and court costs.

Wojcik is represented by Yona Rozen and Adam S. Greenfield of Gillespie, Rozen & Watsky P.C. in Dallas. A jury trial is requested.

Case No. 4:13-cv-00334

My views:

I too have often witnessed Age discrimination in the workforce. I am relatively young (or at least I think so) however, I witnessed older employees of Wingspan Portfolio Advisors, especially older black employees, get dismissed at more than three times the rate as younger employees. The workforce of Wingspan Portfolio Advisors is now VERY YOUNG. Most employees are in their early 20's. Managers nearing 30. Some companies like younger people for some reason. Sometimes it is pay. 

I once heard a manager for a firm tell the HR Director he wanted a "22-22-22". That basically meant he wanted someone 22 years of age, who could work 22 hours per week at around $22,000 per year. This was AGE DISCRIMINATION because he referenced the age. This happens a lot unfortunately.

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