Q: Can an establishment, such as fast-casual restaurants, discriminate against age?
My mother is 42 years old and had an interview at Qdoba Mexican Grill in Colorado Springs, CO. They told her she was too old for the job and sent her home. It is my understanding that this is not legal, is this true?
A: It is unlawful for a business to discriminate against applicants over the age of forty on the basis of the applicant's age. An employer may be liable to an applicant refused a job on the basis of age if the employer employs more than the minimum threshold under federal and state law. Your mother should talk to an employment lawyer in Colorado about what happened.
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