Former Mattel Employee Files Age Discrimination Lawsuit

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Denis ZilberbergJune 1, 2019Discrimination

Our population’s average age is increasing, and it seems like the number of people experiencing age discrimination in the workplace is increasing as well. If you need a Los Angeles discrimination lawyer, we are ready to help.

At the Kaufman Law Firm, we want to make sure you are being treated fairly. Let us investigate what happened to you and work to secure the compensation you need for the wrongs you have experienced. Today, we want to discuss a lawsuit currently playing out against a major company.

What is going on in this case?

We are learning about a lawsuit filed by a former Mattel employee that alleges he was falsely accused of “unnecessarily calling women over to his desk to justify his firing.”

He claims that the real reason he lost his job was due to the fact that he is 71 years old.

Benny Binshtock filed his lawsuit in the Los Angeles Superior Court, and the allegations against his former employer include:

According to the lawsuit, “Plaintiff believes that his age was a contributing factor in the decision of terminating his employment with the purpose of bringing younger employees into the plaintiff’s position.”

Binstock began working for Mattel in 1968.

The lawsuit claims that a round of layoffs in March 2018 made it clear that there was a pattern of terminating employees older in age. At the same time, Binstock was called into a meeting and told there was a sexual harassment complaint against him. He was terminated two months later.

Is this against the law?

Both state and federal law prohibit discrimination in the workplace. This includes discrimination against a person because of their:

  • Race or color
  • Ethnicity or nationality
  • Gender or sexual identity
  • Disability
  • Marital status
  • Religion (or lack of religion)
  • Age
  • And more

In many cases, discrimination is not outright. While this lawsuit against Mattel is in the early stages, we can see that one tactic used to discriminate is to make a termination seem legitimate.

  • Age-based discrimination in the workplace is real.

If a person can properly perform the duties of a job, they should not be discriminated against due to their age. There are specific federal protections in place to protect those over the age of 40 in the workplace.

Let us get to work today

Nobody should ever have to experience discrimination in the workplace. However, if you have been discriminated against, please seek legal assistance as soon as possible. At the Kaufman Law Firm, you can count on our knowledgeable and experienced team to get to the bottom of what happened so we can secure the compensation you deserve. This can include:

  • Recovery of lost wages
  • Pain and suffering damages
  • Court and legal fees
  • Promotion if you have been denied due to discrimination
  • Reinstatement if that is the desired goal
  • Punitive damages against those responsible

When you need a Los Angles discrimination lawyer, you can contact us for a consultation by clicking here or calling us at 310-981-3404



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