Former restaurant and catering workers at Burbank Airport on Tuesday accused the airport and its new food-service company, Host International, of illegally discriminating against 15 older workers by refusing to hire them.
The workers, represented by Local 11 of the Hotel Employees and Restaurant Employees Union, filed an age-discrimination complaint Friday with the Federal Contract Compliance Administration against the airport. They plan to file a similar complaint this week with the state against Host International.
Charles A. Conine, Host International vice president, said age "was not a consideration at all," and that applicants of all ages were hired.
The union made public a letter by state Assemblyman Richard Polanco (D-Los Angeles) to the state Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control. Polanco, citing age-discrimination complaints, protested the transfer of a liquor license from the airport's former food-service company, Greyhound Food Management, to Host International.