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Anthropologie employee dubbed 'mom' gets age claim revived

April 12, 2019 / Lisa Burden

An Anthropologie employee who was 54 years old when she was hired in 2012 should get another shot at her age bias lawsuit, the 2nd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals has determined (Davis-Garett v. Urban Outfitters, Inc., Anthropologie Inc., No. 17-3371-cv (2nd Cir., April 8, 2019)). Blair Davis-Garrett sued the retailer, claiming an age-based hostile work environment and retaliation, in violation of the Age Discrimination in Employment Act (ADEA) and state laws. Among other things, Garett said she was repeatedly called "mom" by co-workers, despite her protests. And after she expressed interest in promotion to a supervisor job, a manager allegedly told her she was too old and didn't have the stamina for the position. According to Garett, she reported the comments to an employee hotline and was eventually promoted. Supervisors then allegedly retaliated against her, denying her training and a transfer.