In a closely watched discrimination case, a federal jury has ruled against a foreign employer and in favor of an employee who identified himself as ethnically American. He was awarded more than $6 million for what he argued was his Israeli employer's anti-American cultural bias. He also alleged age discrimination.
Recent case: Stephen, who is now over age 60, began working in 2001 for Teva Pharmaceuticals USA. When Teva created a global facilities management group in 2013, it chose Nir, a 53-year-old Israeli, to lead the group. Nir was based in Israel.
By 2014, Stephen had become the senior director for the company's newly formed North American facilities management group. Before approving the promotion, Nir asked Stephen his age and inquired about his retirement plans.
Following a meeting with Israeli staff members who were visiting Teva USA, Stephen complained to HR about age bias and perceived cultural bias in favor of Israeli workers. HR investigated and found the Israelis had, in fact, asked some Americans about their ages.