Pharmaceutical Company Eli Lilly Discriminates Job Applicants Based On Age, Favors Younger Applicants Over Older Peers
Two plaintiffs in a new class action lawsuit contend that pharmaceutical Eli Lilly purposely hires younger applicants and rejects older and experienced applicants. They allege this is an illegal process and is based on age discrimination.
A Quick Look At The Eli Lilly Age Discrimination Case
Filed in an Indiana court, the Eli Lilly Age Discrimination Class Action Lawsuit alleges that Eli Lilly is engaged in potentially illegal age discriminatory practices in relation to their hiring process for their new employees.
Georgia Emily Edmondson and Jared Grimes, plaintiffs in the class action filing, argue that they were not accepted as potential Eli Lilly sales representatives because of their age. The two share that they applied to the company’s sales units in a variety of ways in different cities and states in the country.
They share that they were highly qualified for the job openings. Yet Eli Lilly ends up not inviting them to join their sales team allegedly due to their age.
Grimes and Edmondson claim that younger but inexperienced applicants were selected instead of them, although they have got the qualifications and experience to back up their bid for the job.
The class action shares that Eli Lilly is actually proud of its identity of enticing young workers into its workforce. It also adds that the company purposely and systematically crops older applicants in their sales job openings out of the picture.
As proof of their allegations, both Grimes and Edmondson made mention of the company’s employee data showing that there is a disproportionate number of employees under the age of 40.
Furthermore, Eli Lilly also reportedly uses an employment system that seemingly favors less experienced and younger applicants that are connected with a college or university and/or the company’s internship system.
Class Action Claims Eli Lilly Choose Millenials Over More Experienced Applicants
The complainants also detail that Eli Lilly has a company-wide strategy of wanting to include young workers they call ‘millennials or ‘early career professionals.’ Because of this, according to the aggrieved plaintiffs, older but highly qualified applicants are not given a fair chance to be included in the broader picture.
Grimes and Edmondson, both over the age of 40, said they applied to Eli Lilly separately on different occasions, yet their applications were not accepted although they believed that they are highly qualified for the available opening.
The Eli Lilly Age Discrimination Class Action Lawsuit is accusing Eli Lilly of violating the provisions of the Age Discrimination in Employment Act after they favored younger workers more compared to older but highly knowledgeable applicants.
Grimes and Edmondson are looking to form and represent a Class of Eli Lilly applicants that are over 40 years of age who attempted to apply for the company and got rejected.
Editor’s Note on Eli Lilly Age Discrimination Class Action Lawsuit:
This article is a report on the latest case filed against Eli Lilly by two of its job applicants who were allegedly discriminated against due to their old age, even if they were highly qualified and skilled workers.
You might also be interested in reading about the lawsuit filed against the Federal Government over new Anti-discrimination Laws.
Case Name(s) & No.: Jared Grimes et al. v. Eli Lilly and Company; Case No.: 1:21-cv-02367-RLY-DLP
Jurisdiction: United States (U.S.) District Court for the Southern District of Indiana Indianapolis Division
Allegation(s): Eli Lilly violates the law by discriminating against older yet more experienced and capable job applicants.
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