EEOC Sues College for Not Hiring 64-Year-Old

April 23, 2012 ( - Marymount Manhattan College refused to hire a choreography instructor for a tenure-track assistant professorship because of her age, the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) charged.

According to the EEOC’s suit, Marymount initially selected a 64-year-old choreography instructor and two other applicants as finalists for an assistant professorship in dance composition. After determining that the 64-year-old was the leading candidate, Marymount’s search committee expanded its search to include a less qualified, 37-year-old applicant as a fourth finalist because it considered her to be “at the right moment of her life for commitment to a full-time position,” the lawsuit says.    

The agency is accusing Marymount of passing over the 64-year-old applicant and hiring the 37-year-old applicant because of age.   

Marymount is a private liberal arts college in New York City.  

The suit was filed in U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York (Civil Action No. 12-cv-2388 (JPO)).