Enterprise Rent-A-Car Co. of Los Angeles, LLC, will pay $425,000 to settle charges that it refused to hire job applicants over the age of 40 for management trainee positions at its Burbank office between 2008 and 2011.
The company is a subsidiary of Enterprise Holdings, Inc., North America’s largest rental car company.
An investigation by the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) determined that ten job applicants over the age of 40 were denied hire in favor of less qualified, younger applicants, a violation of the Age Discrimination in Employment Act (ADEA). The EEOC found that no applicants over 40 years of age were hired into the management trainee position at the Enterprise Burbank office during the three-year period. The EEOC also determined the office failed to adequately maintain application records pursuant to federal law.
Enterprise maintains the ten job applicants in question were not hired because their qualifications were inadequate. The company said it agreed to the settlement to avoid the time, effort and expense associated with further proceedings.
In addition to the monetary sum, Enterprise’s Los Angeles Metro Region agreed to re-distribute its anti-discrimination policy to all employees in the region; to provide EEO training to all staff with an emphasis on preventing and addressing age discrimination; and to maintain an appropriate record-keeping system.
Eliminating barriers in recruitment and hiring, especially class-based recruitment and hiring practices that discriminate against racial, ethnic and religious groups, older workers, women and people with disabilities, is one of six national priorities identified by the EEOC’s Strategic Enforcement Plan (SEP).