When a sixty-year-old employee is not excused in order to nurse a terminally ill friend, the employee interprets the supervisor’s stance as age discrimination and revenge. That’s when a floodgate of accusations is released. “You’re trying to weed us old people out!”
This situation also releases a flood of related issues for discussion, including ADA, ADEA, attendance policy, and retaliation, as well as protected activity and causation.
When trainees are guided through a discussion of the issues, a clear understanding of the requirements of and limitations of the law emerges. Is the supervisor simply following the rules or reacting to a previous complaint filed by the employee? And, do mitigating circumstances affect how this situation should be handled?
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