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Image Have you ever had an older person serving as your waiter or greeter at Texas Roadhouse?

If not, there may be a reason for it.

Texas Roadhouse is being sued by the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission for allegedly turning away applicants because of their age, according to court records.

The Kentucky-based chain, which has more than 350 eateries in the United States, is accused of discriminating against older applicants who were searching for work as waiters and hosts.

According to the lawsuit, applicants were given some of the following reasons:

• “We think you are a little too old to work here. … We like younger people.”

• “We’re hiring for greeters, but we need the young, hot ones who are chipper and stuff.”

• “You seem older to be applying for this job.”

In its suit, the EEOC alleges that Texas Roadhouse has discriminated against people over 40 years of age who’ve applied for front-of-the-house jobs such as waiter or host, stating that a mere 1.9 percent of the employees holding such positions fall into that age group.

The Age Discrimination in Employment Act protects workers over 40.

I don't go to Texas Roadhouse very often. What is the average age of the waitstaff/greeters young here at the Victoria location?