Raytheon Technologies

Class Action Lawsuit Claims RTX Corporation Discriminates Against Older Job Seekers

A class action lawsuit filed on Tuesday alleges that RTX Corporation, previously known as Raytheon Technologies, has been discriminating against job seekers aged 40 and above. The lawsuit, submitted by the AARP Foundation along with two law firms at the U.S. District Court for the District of Massachusetts, contends that certain job advertisements from the aerospace and defence giant exhibit a preference for younger candidates, contravening federal and state age discrimination laws.

The complaint highlights that the language in Raytheon’s job postings for “Recent Graduate Positions” implicitly discourages older candidates from applying and hampers their advancement in the hiring process. These ads specify that applicants should have graduated recently or possess no more than 12 to 24 months of relevant experience, thus sidelining older job seekers despite the roles offering substantial salaries, sometimes exceeding $100,000.

RTX has rebuffed these allegations, asserting compliance with all age discrimination laws. “RTX complies with all relevant age discrimination laws and we’re committed to maintaining a diverse workforce. We believe these claims are entirely without merit and we will actively defend our hiring practices,” said company spokesman Chris Johnson.

The lawsuit currently features a single named plaintiff, Mark H. Goldstein, but aims to represent all similarly affected individuals. Goldstein, 67, has an extensive background in project management, cybersecurity, technology, and other fields, alongside a history of working with the U.S. Department of Homeland Security and holding a federal security clearance.

Between 2019 and 2023, Goldstein applied for at least seven “Recent Graduate Positions” at Raytheon for which he was otherwise qualified, except for the recency of his degrees and work experience. Despite his relevant skills and willingness to relocate, Raytheon did not hire him or even offer an interview, allegedly due to his age.

Goldstein’s prior complaint with the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) in 2019 resulted in a 2021 determination that Raytheon’s job ads violated the Age Discrimination in Employment Act (ADEA). The EEOC found that Goldstein was denied consideration for roles because of his age, not his qualifications. In response, Raytheon made minor adjustments to their job postings, but the lawsuit argues these changes still discriminate against older applicants.

Goldstein filed a second charge of discrimination with the EEOC in July 2023, which is currently under investigation. The ongoing lawsuit seeks to address these issues and potentially bring more plaintiffs into the case.

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