Sales Director Fired for Being an "Old Lady"
A Marriott Courtyard manager was ordered to "fire the old lady in sales," by the company vice president, according to a recent Columbus Dispatch report. That's exactly what he did.
The "old lady" is 67-year-old hotel sales director, Charlotte Thomas. During Thomas' tenure, she had seen hotel occupancy rates double and revenue exceed $1.06 million, according to the lawsuit. Nonetheless, she was fired and told it was due to budget cuts. This was despite the fact that she had offered to take a pay cut and was later replaced by, not one, but two younger women.
"This was one of the most devastating experiences of my life because I loved the hotel," Thomas said. "It was my second home."
The Franklin County jury found the vice president and the corporation guilty of age-discrimination and awarded Thomas $420,000 in damages.
Thomas remarked, "This wasn't a win for me. This was a win for anyone who has been wronged by their employer and anyone who is afraid to stand up for what they believe in."