Texas Roadhouse Discriminates Against Old People, Feds Say

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No oldies allowed, feds claim
There's not a lot that's authentically Texas about the Texas Roadhouse restaurant chain -- it's based in Massachusetts, after all -- but there are 52 locations here in the state, including a handful in the Houston area.

We think we've eaten there once, but have forgotten, which says about as much as needs to be said, we guess.

But chances are any employees we saw on our visit were young, to such a degree that the feds have filed an age-discrimination suit against the chain.

Texas Roadhouse management insisted that all front-of-the-house workers be under 40 years old, the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission says.

How? By showing a slide in training sessions telling managers to "know what [a front of the house employee] looks like, which consisted of a picture of "young people shouting and making gestures," the EEOC says.

Young people shouting and making gestures? What could possibly define "great dining atmosphere" better?

Also in the chain's arsenal of tricks were the following questions and comments, which the feds say occurred in job interviews with The Olds:

-- "You seem older to be applying for this job." (Possible answer: Yeah, dude, I just got laid off from NASA -- do you think I want to be applying at Texas Roadhouse?)

-- "We are looking for people on the younger side...but you have a lot of experience." (Possible answer: Gee, thanks. Don't worry, I won't let the doorknob hit my middle-aged ass on the way out.)

-- "How do you feel about working with younger people?" (Possible answer: Will there be shouting and gesturing involved?)

-- "We're hiring for greeters but we need the young hot ones who are 'chipper' and stuff." (Possible answer: "Chipper"? Who's using the 23-skiddo lingo now?)

-- "I'm basically looking for young teenagers." (Possible answer: Perv.)

The EEOC is seeking an injunction against what it says are the chain's improper hiring practices, and remedial training for managers on stuff like the Constitution and civil rights.

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Nathan Musto
Nathan Musto

Get your facts straight, Mr. Connelly. Texas Roadhouse is based out of Louisville, KY, not Massachusetts. I question the validity of this article. Where did you get your information? Can we see some sources?

Vanessa
Vanessa

They are not based in Massachusetts... They are based in Louisville, Kentucky and started in Clarksville, Indiana... Obviously you don't know too much about them.

Houston Patriot
Houston Patriot

good thing those Beaners arn't aloud in Massachusetts

Guest
Guest

Guess I'll take my non-hottie, older money elsewhere.

Yuan Yi Peng
Yuan Yi Peng

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Sid
Sid

Now I'm glad that I waited to get that Texas Roadhouse license plate!

Writer for a free fishwrap
Writer for a free fishwrap

"Hey ya'll, I'm Ol Hank. Can I start ya'll off with some Sidewinder Sliders or an order Texas Prickly Poppers?"

metro sucks
metro sucks

The worst place to eat in any memory of dining out in Houston yuck

Harold Cook
Harold Cook

This ruling by the Feds could be a devastating precedent for Hooters. :)

big red
big red

Bad timing for this since the older crowd was waiting breathlessly to get some of those Texas Roadhouse specialty license plates.

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