New York City... the city of lights, the city that never sleeps. One of the main perks of NYC is the nightlife including the unique music, comedy, restaurants and Broadway shows. On the music front, jazz is a significant part of the heartbeat of New York. The Village Vanguard located in the heart of Greenwich Village is one of the most popular jazz spots. Built almost eighty years ago, the Village Vanguard has hosted famous performers like Miles Davis, Thelonious Monk and Stan Getz.
Despite its much-acclaimed history, the Village Vanguard has not been immune from age-based discrimination and sexual harassment claims. For example, take the case of Madeleine Abel. Madeleine Abel worked as a waitress at the Village Vanguard for thirty-five years. Abel alleges that Jed Eisenman, a manager at the Vanguard, inappropriately touched her breasts and butt on numerous occasions. Furthermore, Eisenman told Abel days before she was fired that she was getting too old to work and didn't look good anymore. Abel reported Eisenman's comments to other managers at the Vanguard but they failed to remedy the situation. Instead, Abel was terminated in 2011 at the young age of 63.
The Age Discrimination in Employment Act of 1967 (ADEA) prohibits the firing and/or discrimination of an employee based solely on an individual's age. While Abel's allegations seem to fit squarely within the ADEA, the Village Vanguard ought to make changes to its employment practices that reduce the chances of ADEA violations in the future. Potential changes include providing more flexible hours to older employees and increasing training for managers. New York City is the financial, fashion, media and entertainment capital of the world. Therefore, NYC establishments such as the Village Vanguard ought to act as examples that the rest of the country can follow.