View Full Version : Was offered $1800 today...

07-23-2004, 10:11 AM
I was offered $1800 today. Not for a script, but to settle a potential lawsuit over age discrimination.

I had applied for a job at the local movie theatre...y'know, to watch a ton of new movies and to see why and how audiences reacted to scenes and stories, etc. After being promised a job and having them constantly delay my start date over and over for 3 months, I figured something must be up.

I'd told them that I, a 45 year old man with an MBA, would not have aproblem working for minimum wage. I was assured that my age was not a factor, but despite promising me a job, they never called me in to start...even though they'd hired younger people in that time period.

I contacted the head of Human Resources for this company(700 theatres) and told him my little tale...told him I was going to take this matter up with a federal employment agency and let them figure it out. I also said that I'd drop the matter if he could demonstrate to me that age wasn't a factor by showing that this wasn't a company-wide problem...hiring only younger people.

Today he contacted me with a settlement offer for the past 3 months that I should've but didn't work there.

Whaddya think?

07-23-2004, 10:25 AM
You can probably milk them for more, the bastards. Contacting an attorney might not be a bad idea.

Hairy Lime
07-23-2004, 10:26 AM
Take the money and run. F-ck attorneys.

07-23-2004, 11:12 AM
Lucky you!

But I'm betting his offer isn't admission of age discrimination, or whatever the wording is on the paper you'll have to sign. Trying to prove otherwise wouldn't be easy and you'd need legal representation. How rich are you?

I'd take and enjoy the money. You might consider asking him to throw in a 3-month free theater pass to make up for all the movies you missed.

-----------------------One of the many reasons you should never listen to dpat ~PipeWriter

Hairy Lime
07-23-2004, 11:14 AM
Three months of free movies?

Go for a year.

07-23-2004, 11:15 AM

Contact an attorney in your state.

$1800 may be a fair settlement, it may not be, but you should seek the advice of a labor and employment attorney before making a decision.

Most reputable plaintiff's attorneys will not charge you for an initial consultation.

Also, I didn't see any timeliness issues in your description, but beware that there are federal and state time limits to filing a claim for employment discrimination on the basis of age.

Generally you have to preserve your right to sue, you must file with the EEOC or a local employment discrimination agency within 180 to 300 days of the last act of discrimination.

PM me or come into chat if have any questions or need further information.

Um...none of the above should be construed as legal advice and is only legal information.


Hairy Lime
07-23-2004, 11:19 AM
Don't listen to JKK. He's one of the bad guys.

07-23-2004, 11:28 AM

What do you mean by that?


...if you mean as in I'm a lawyer. Then yeah. :b

07-23-2004, 07:23 PM
here's an opinion from another of "the bad guys": take the money unless you're willing to wait a very long time and invest a lot of energy to see what is potentially (but may not be) more money.

of course, this should also not be construed as legal advice.

Augie Kestrel
07-24-2004, 03:51 PM
That's their low-ball number. Ask for $10,000. What they've done to you is just dreadful. I don't see how you even have the strength to post.

This SHOULD be construed as legal advice. No, I'm NOT a lawyer.

Jeff Schechter
07-24-2004, 09:39 PM
Don't take the money, ask for a bucketload more, write everything down that happens to you during the long process of settling, and turn it all into a movie that says something about age discrimination.

And I'm only half kidding.

Just don't come complaining to me if you follow this advice and your life goes to hell in a handbasket as a result.

07-25-2004, 08:47 AM
this is the basis for the ANGRY WHITE MAN arguments :lol

take the money and use it to pay your $9 movie theater tickets. you can see 200 movies for that kind of dough. your main reason for taking the job (from a poor teenager who wants to buy a $1000 brokedown car or college kid who needs to buy books) is answered. be happy!

07-25-2004, 09:21 AM
take the money and use it to pay your $9 movie theater tickets. you can see 200 movies for that kind of dough. your main reason for taking the job
If they're offering you $1800 cash and you want a quick settlement, ask for the $1800 and $1000 worth of free admission tickets. Since tickets would be virtually free to them they'd bit your arm off to accept. You'd get some cash AND be able to watch your movies without having to do any work and not have to wait months or maybe years for a settlement.

Thats my 2c worth.

07-25-2004, 02:25 PM
Take the money and a lifetime supply of Runts.

07-25-2004, 07:39 PM
Consider yourself lucky to even get $1800 out of it. You won't find a lawyer to take this case on a contingency basis.
Therefore, you'd have to shell out a lot more than $1800 for a lawyer to take the case. A whole lot more.

07-27-2004, 08:24 PM
This is the best thread ever. That rules.

07-27-2004, 08:44 PM
I say take the money. Your don't need more trouble from them. Live life to the fullest, take the money and spoil yourself.

07-28-2004, 01:03 PM
I don't think it's a case of age discrimination. It sounds to me more like you are over-qualified.

Companies don't like to hire people that are under-qualified OR extremely over-qualified as in your case. As far as I know this is a perfectly legal practice.

Adam Isaac
07-28-2004, 01:27 PM
ATLANTA FILMS, off-topic but glad to see you here!!

Few short months & you'll be hearing from me, believe it....that is if you're buying screenplays.

nevermind, found your website.

07-28-2004, 01:58 PM
Companies don't like to hire people that are under-qualified OR extremely over-qualified as in your case.
How would one be 'Under qualified' to work in a movie theatre?

Training course, day one: The light comes out of THIS end of the torch, day two: Here's your diploma.

07-28-2004, 03:49 PM
I'm not sure I understand your problem. You applied for a job and it didn't go well. That's it. If employment darwinism didn't exist we'd be living in a socialistic anti free market nightmare.

07-28-2004, 03:56 PM
employment darwinism

You people make me sad.


Evil Elf the One and Only
07-28-2004, 05:39 PM
You say "socialistic anti free market nightmare" like it's baaaaaad!

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