Bonefont-Igaravidez v. Int'l Shipping Corp., No. 10-1953 (1st Cir. 2011)Annotate this Case
Plaintiff worked for defendant, primarily as a stevedore, for 57 years. In 2006-2007, he missed several months of work due to physical ailments and received disability benefits. Plaintiff claims that when he returned to work, his colleagues insulted his age and medical conditions, often in the presence of supervisors. Plaintiff, then age 71, was first suspended, then terminated, after the company's human resources department was informed that he had assaulted his supervisor (also more than 60 years old). In a case under the Discrimination in Employment Act, 29 U.S.C. 621-634, the district court entered summary judgment in favor of the employer. The First Circuit affirmed, finding no evidence of age bias.