GCDE Obtains Two Favorable Rulings in Age Discrimination Appeals

In two separate cases, Pembroke Pines employees filed a complaint with the Florida Commission on Human Relations and alleged that employees who were older than the Complainants had received more favorable job benefits from the City.  The Florida Commission on Human Relations dismissed the complaints, holding that the Complainants failed to state a cause of action under the age discrimination provisions of the Florida Civil Rights Act of 1992.

 

Subsequently, the two Complainants each filed an appeal with Florida’s Fourth District. On August 7, 2013, the 4th DCA issued its opinion, holding that in order to state a claim, the Complainants must show that employees who were younger than Complainants had received more favorable job benefits. Since Complainants failed to do so, the Court affirmed the ruling made by Florida Commission on Human Relations, in favor of the City of Pembroke Pines.

 

Shana H. Bridgeman and James A. Cherof handled the appeal on behalf of the City.

 

Goren, Cherof, Doody & Ezrol, P.A. is available to assist private and public employers with all management, labor, litigation, and appeal matters. If you are an employer and you would like to inquire as to how our firm can assist you, please contact James Cherof at JCherof@CityAtty.com or Shana Bridgeman at: SBridgeman@CityAtty.com

 

 

Click on the links below for the full opinions.

 

Walker v. Pembroke Pines:  https://edca.4dca.org/DCADocs/2012/2675/122675_DC05_08072013_090622_i.pdf

 

Petrik v. Pembroke Pines: https://edca.4dca.org/DCADocs/2012/2676/122676_DC05_08072013_090701_i.pdf