LOS ANGELES, March 28, 2017 /PRNewswire/ — Cortney Shegerian of the Los Angeles-based employment discrimination firm Shegerian & Associates recently issued a statement regarding the age discrimination lawsuit against Bank of the West. A jury in Fresno County Superior Court awarded $1.68 million to Barbara Barkley who was terminated from her managerial position with the company in 2014 because of her age.

“Ms. Barkley, who was 61 years old when she was terminated, believes she was pushed out of her position so she could be replaced with a younger, attractive assistant manager,” Shegerian states. “Bank of the West is unfortunately just one of many employers that make the mistake of valuing youth over on-the-job experience.”

“Hiring, firing, and other job-related decisions should be based on job performance, not on someone’s age,” Shegerian says. “Luckily, the jurors in this case were wise enough to hold Bank of the West accountable for their discriminatory behavior.”

“Ms. Barkley will receive a sum of $1.68 million from her former employer as compensation for lost wages and emotional damage,” Shegerian continues. “But, there is no amount of money that can justly compensate the plaintiff for the blatant violation of her civil rights.”

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