Imagine dedicating more than fifty years of your life to the same company. Each day you wake up early to make it into the office before 5AM, and you often stay until after 5PM. You joke with your co-workers about how this means you only work “half a day,” subtly bringing attention to the fact you work 12 hours each and every workday. Despite the long hours, you do not receive overtime pay and choose not to make a big deal about it because you truly enjoy your job. Then, suddenly, you are fired without warning.
Could it be age discrimination? That is exactly the question that Robert Dobkin is asking a federal court in Brooklyn to consider. Dobkin began working for U.S. Seal Manufacturers in 1962 and loyally served the company until 2013, when he was fired. On the day he was terminated, Dobkin was called into his manager’s office and told that the company was undergoing a “workforce reduction.” Unfortunately, however, this supposed “workforce reduction” only had one victim: Dobkin.