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Former nanny to singer alleges age discrimination

Though many people likely envision an office setting when they think about workplace discrimination, actions constituting discrimination against an employee can happen in a variety of workplace situations. This is illustrated in claim recently filed by a woman who worked as a nanny for the lead singer of the band Devo.

The 64-year-old woman claims that after enduring years of verbal abuse and harassment from the singer’s wife, she was fired due to her age and disabilities. Before her employment was terminated, the woman had worked for the family for nine years.

The woman alleges that on multiple occasions she was called old or told that she had Alzheimer’s. In addition, she said the one of the girls she took care of as a nanny said her mother let her go because she was too old.

The woman claims a variety of things including:

  • Age harassment
  • Wrongful termination
  • Intentional emotional distress

As a result she is seeking damages, court costs, unpaid wages and lost earnings.

It is important that employees understand that they have certain rights regarding how they are treated by employers. Individual instances of discriminatory behavior can at times be difficult to pinpoint but when viewed over a period of time, may become clearer. When someone is unsure but thinks that they may be a victim of workplace discrimination, regardless of the type, it is a good idea to consult with an employment lawyer. That individual will likely be able to let them know if they have a case and provide them with guidance regarding how to proceed.

Source: Courthouse News, “Devo Singer's Ex-Nanny Alleges Discrimination,” Matt Reynolds, June 5, 2014

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