The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) is suing American Samoa, an unincorporated territory of the U.S., claiming that its government discriminated against older workers. According to the age discrimination lawsuit, American Samoa employed a campaign to remove older employees from government positions in an effort to make room for younger employees. The EEOC claims that in 2009 the director of human resources began the endeavor to remove older workers by involuntarily reassigning employees over 50 to less desirable jobs. The EEOC alleges this was done to pressure such employees to retire. Later in the year, the territory’s governor encouraged older employees to “take up retirement or move to the private sector” so as to create jobs for younger men and women graduating from school. According to the EEOC, such actions are in violation of the Age Discrimination Employment Act that protects all employees over 40. After first attempting to reach pre-litigation settlement, the EEOC has filed its lawsuit against American Samoa.
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