Virginia Tucker was 60 and the second oldest employee in the maintenance department of Chobani’s yogurt plant in Idaho.
She claims her younger male supervisor in a supervisors’ meeting said she should be given negative performance ratings because she was a threat to the company. He felt she should be fired before she sued. Virginia also said her younger male supervisors pulled a humiliating prank against her in the crowed lunch room and laughed at her.
Tucker complained to the state human rights commission and the EEOC. She was fired the following day. The company claims she was fired for failing to perform a proper procedure while working on a piece of equipment.
Her suit claims the company didn’t follow their handbook procedures in her firing and that the state’s Department of Labor investigation found she hadn’t violated any company procedures. The suit also claims she was replaced by a younger, less experienced male. She is seeking lost pay, benefits, damages, and attorney and court fees.