Scripps Clinical Medical Group to Pay $6.875 Million to Mandatory Retirement Suit

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In a landmark settlement, Scripps Clinical Medical Group has agreed to shell out a hefty $6.875 million in response to a groundbreaking lawsuit over forced retirement. The suit, initiated by the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC), accused Scripps of unfairly pushing out a group of seasoned physicians simply because of their age, completely disregarding their ability to perform their duties.


The EEOC dug deep into these claims and discovered enough evidence to conclude that Scripps blatantly defied both the Age Discrimination in Employment Act (ADEA) and the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA).


Steering clear of any admission of guilt, Scripps still chose to play ball and reached a four-year conciliation agreement with the EEOC. Under this deal, Scripps is coughing up the multimillion-dollar sum to those who fell victim to its rigid retirement policy. What’s more, the company has ditched this outdated policy and has sworn off any employment practices that weigh age as a deciding factor, whether it’s for hiring, firing, retirement, or other work conditions.


The medical group is also doubling down on its commitment to fair play. It’s revamping its policies to eradicate age and disability discrimination and mandating top-brass execs and HR bigwigs to get schooled on the ADEA and ADA. This overhaul isn’t just for show – it’s extending to any medical entities they might acquire or merge with down the line. And you bet the EEOC will be keeping a close watch on all these changes.

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