In the Courts: Plaintiff Fails to Show Employment Discrimination Based on Gender, Age

August 30, 2013 | Aging Services Risk, Quality, & Safety Guidance

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In a case in which a former employee argued that a continuing care retirement community (CCRC) discriminated against her because she was an attractive older woman, the U.S. district court for the southern district of Indiana has ruled in favor of the CCRC.

The plaintiff was hired as a certified nursing aide and became a licensed practical nurse during the course of her employment; she was 50 years old at the time of the incidents in question. She ironed her scrubs, kept her nails manicured, and wore makeup to work; coworkers called her “Barbie,” “bitch Barbie,” and other names. After the plaintiff complained, the director of...

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