Seeking to emulate the start-ups just down the 101 in Silicon Valley, San Francisco 49ers owner Jed York is alleged to have engaged in a mass termination of some of the team’s older employees. In the process, however, York finds himself having to play defense in an arena not as friendly as Levi’s Stadium. Instead of worrying about his team, York finds himself up against a team of L.A. age discrimination attorneys.
York is accused of running afoul of California’s age discrimination laws. Simply put, age discrimination involves treating someone over the age of 40, whether a current or prospective employee, differently based alone on the person’s age.
The suit against York and the 49ers alleges that after Gideon Yu, a former executive at Yahoo!, Facebook and YouTube, the team sought to clean house and bring in younger employees. Anthony Lozano and Keith Yanagi are two such employees who brought the suit, claiming themselves and “a lot” of other employees were let go simply because they were too old.
Lozano had been with the team since his hire in 1989 as the facilities manager. He had consistently received positive evaluations, and was named Employee of the Month in 2010. He alleges that towards the end of his time with the team, he was demeaned for having gray hair, and was asked on one occasion, “How much longer do you intend to work here?” Yanagi had been with the team since 1987, and had been promoted through the organization’s ranks before being fired as well in 2011.
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