IKEA Discriminates on the Basis of Age? Collective Action Age Discrimination Complaints Abound

In the past year, and most recently on March 27, 2019, several lawsuits have been filed against IKEA in the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania alleging discrimination based on age (and one also on gender); these complaints (four of which are brought by the same plaintiff’s counsel) are trying to assert “collective” actions so that plaintiff resources can be “pooled.”  The cases are at various stages of  litigation, but they are all pending before the same District Judge (Judge Anita Brody), and at least two apparently have been stayed pending the outcome of IKEA’s motions for summary judgment and  a plaintiff’s request for collective action certification filed in another. In February, 2018, the first of what would become many lawsuits was filed against IKEA alleging age discrimination.  In Donofrio v. IKEA US Retail, LLC, No. 2:18-cv-00599-AB (E.D. Pa.), the plaintiff Frank…

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