Discussion Question 1: Age Discrimination
Betty Barnett is a 56-year-old partner of Dollars and Sense Company, a large, multinational accounting firm. She was one of three partners who were let go on the same day. The second partner is a 59-year-old Hispanic man and another is a 40-year-old African-American woman. Barnett sues alleging age discrimination.
On the basis of the above information, answer the following questions:
- Does Betty have a cause of action? Why or why not?
- What relevance do the ages of the other partners who were let go have to her case? Explain your answer.
Support your answer by citing relevant case law.
Discussion Question 2: Accommodating a Disability
Randy Roberts uses a wheelchair due to his disability. He works as a writer for a large PR firm. Roberts tells the employer that he would like to work from home in the afternoons for three hours because he needs to rest his back. The employer is your client and comes to your firm for advice. Your attorney asks you to research the issue.
How will you advise your attorney to handle the request and why?
Suitably justify your response. Use case law to support your answer.