Trader Joe's Hit With Age Discrimination Class Action

Law360, New York (March 19, 2015, 3:50 PM EDT) -- Grocery chain Trader Joe's Co. was hit with a proposed class action on Wednesday in California, alleging that a 2014 restructuring of its workforce violated state and federal law because it resulted in the systematic demotion of employees over the age of 40.

The lawsuit, brought by employee Keith Garlough, alleges that Trader Joe's targeted its older workers for demotion and replaced them with younger, less experienced associates. The overhaul resulted in a loss of pay, hours and health and vacation benefits for workers over 40 years old and precluded them from receiving bonuses.

The restructuring occurred in March and April...

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