An age discrimination trial against Miami, Fla.-based Lennar Homes involving five former Valley workers will likely be held in Phoenix within the next four months, an Equal Employment Opportunity Commission lawyer said Wednesday.
In a decision Friday, U.S. District Judge David Campbell refused to dismiss the case, increasing the likelihood of a jury trial, said Mary Jo O’Neill, the commission’s regional attorney.
The lawsuit was filed by the EEOC on behalf of five former Lennar employees, ranging in age from 55 to 60, who worked as sales agents in two East Valley home communities, Arroyo Verde in Apache Junction and Monterrey in Chandler.
The suit contends that the employees were either fired or not given other job assignments when sales at their communities were finished because of their age. The EEOC contends that at least three of those workers were replaced with younger, lessexperienced employees.
The suit seeks at least $2 million in damages.
Chief general counsel of Lennar Homes, Mark Sustana, said the firm doesn’t comment on pending litigation, but disagreed with the claims. "Lennar has very clear policies against discrimination. We communicate those to our employees, and we enforce them rigorously," Sustana said.