The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission filed a lawsuit against the mayor and city council of Ocean City after the resort allegedly denied a 62-year-old airport worker a promotion to a full-time job because of his age.
The EEOC says the town violated the Age Discrimination in Employment Act, and later retaliated against him because he went to the EEOC with a complaint.
In its suit, the EEOC says Ocean City discriminated against Anthony Indge, 62, when it did not hire him in 2008 as a full-time airport associate at the municipal airport, instead hiring a less-qualified applicant who was 45.
Indge was a temporary line technician at the time; he had filled in as an airport associate in 2007 and 2008. The EEOC claims that during Indge’s interview for the position of associate, the airport manager told Indge his age would count against him.
“During the interview, Defendant’s Airport Manager made ageist comments to Indge,” the EEOC complaint reads, “including telling Indge that he had serious concerns about Indge’s age and that he did not think Indge would have a long-term commitment because of his age.”
When Indge learned that a 45-year-old who had no prior experience as an airport associate was hired for the position, he complained of age discrimination to several Ocean City officials and filed a charge with the EEOC in the fall of 2008.
Ocean City’s attorney, Guy Ayres, could not be reached for comment Friday.
Indge filed a second complaint, alleging that the town was retaliating against him because of his first complaint to the EEOC, in June 2009, when he was not hired back at the airport as a line technician for the 2009 season.
“He was an employee that had been there for several years, and was not hired back because he filed a claim with our agency,” Salacuse said.