An employee who once complained that younger workers got more overtime than older workers was lawfully fired for violating a workplace safety rule, according to the 7th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals, which held that his age-discrimination claim was appropriately dismissed.
The plaintiff began his employment with Progress Rail Locomotive Inc. in 2015 in its Illinois manufacturing facility as a material handler. Given the dangerous nature of the manufacturing environment, the company had various safety policies and rules in place. One such rule prohibited employees from using or having their cellphones out in the open in the manufacturing area.
Additionally, employees were prohibited from lifting equipment or materials in excess of 35 pounds…
Credit to Jonathan E. O’Connell, SHRM-SCP for the original post.