EEOC sues Ocean City for age discrimination

Federal agency cites bias in hiring practices

September 29, 2010|By Hanah Cho, The Baltimore Sun

The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission has sued Ocean City's mayor and city council, accusing them of age discrimination, the federal agency announced Wednesday.

The lawsuit alleges the resort town failed to hire Anthony Indge as full-time airport associate in 2008 because he was 62. Indge had been employed as a temporary line technician and filled in as an airport associate in 2007 and 2008. During Indge's interview for the full-time associate position, the airport manager made several "ageist comments" to Indge, according to the EEOC.

The EEOC alleges a less-qualified, 45-year-old applicant, who had no prior experience as an airport associate, was hired. Indge was informed previously his knowledge and experience made him a valuable employee, according to the EEOC.

The EEOC also accuses the city of retaliating against Indge for complaining about age discrimination.

The lawsuit seeks monetary relief, including back wages, and changes to Ocean City's employment policies.

Ocean City Solicitor Guy Ayres said he has not seen the lawsuit and could not comment.

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