Lawsuit: UW System accused of age discrimination
The University of Wisconsin System is being charged with age discrimination in the case of 53-year-old Bambi Butzlaff Voss. According to a U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission release, Butzlaff Voss was facing a layoff from her job as marketing and communications specialist at the UW’s Waukesha campus, and applied for six similar jobs through the system’s central office in Madison.
Despite Butzlaff Voss’ 25 years of directly related job experience to the positions she applied for, the university reportedly hired a 23-year old with less than two years of experience instead. The EEOC has asked the UW System to give Butzlaff Voss her job back and pay back wages, and seeks a permanent injunction prohibiting the University System from discriminating against future candidates due to their age.
"Workers over 40 years of age should have the same opportunities as those workers less than half their age,” stated Julianne Bowman, district director of the EEOC's Chicago District. “Ignoring a candidate's decades of experience relevant to the available job, because of her age, to hire someone with less than two years of experience is illegal discrimination.”