Security worker sues after being terminated for being 'too old'

By Michelle Keahey | Apr 19, 2013

NEW ORLEANS - A Jefferson Parish company is being sued for allegedly terminating a worker who was told she was too old for her job.

Elaine Aderholt filed suit against Metro Security Inc. last month in Jefferson Parish District Court. The defendant removed the case to federal court in New Orleans.

Aderholt was hired by the defendant in January 2006. She claims that during her employment she was subjected to a pattern of age discrimination which culminated when the owner told her that she was too old to be doing this type of work.

Aderholt claims she was retaliated against and was discharged from Metro Security on Feb. 17, 2012. The lawsuit states Aderholt was over the age of 40 when she began her employment with the defendant.

The defendant is accused of negligence for discrimination based upon age, violation of Louisiana law, intentional infliction of emotional distress, retaliation, and failure to supervise employees.

The plaintiff is seeking an award of damages for emotional pain and suffering, lost wages, interest, and court costs.

Aderholt is represented by Myles Steib and Julie Anne Gardner of Gardner & Steib in Metairie.

U.S. District Judge Carl J. Barbier is assigned to the case.

Case No. 2:13-cv-00531

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