New York lifeguard, 71, settles age discrimination lawsuit
VALLEY STREAM, N.Y. (AP) - A New York lifeguard who was fired at age 71 has settled an age-discrimination lawsuit for $65,000.
The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission tells Newsday that Jay Lieberfarb had 50 years of experience as a lifeguard when he failed a Nassau County swimming test in 2009. Lieberfarb lives in Valley Stream on Long Island and is now 74.
According to his lawsuit, he failed two swimming tests but was given a second chance. The suit says Lieberfarb passed one test but injured himself before he could take the second test and was told to return with a doctor's note. He was fired before he could provide the note.
The EEOC said younger lifeguards who failed the test were permitted to continue working until they passed it.