May 3, 2018 / 8:37 PM / 7 months ago

Darden restaurant chain settles EEOC age bias case for $2.85 mln

Seasons 52, a fine-dining chain owned by Darden Restaurants Inc, will pay $2.85 million to settle the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission’s lawsuit accusing the company of refusing to hire “old white guys” and other applicants over 40 in order to maintain a youthful image.

U.S. District Judge Joan Lenard in Miami on Thursday approved a consent decree between the commission and GMRI Inc, a Darden unit that operates more than 40 Seasons 52 restaurants across the country. The deal is the EEOC’s first seven-figure settlement in 2018.

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