Bartender accuses Yankees of discrimination

May 26, 2009 3:18:00 PM PDT
John Vendikos says when he tried to get back his job as a bartender at the new Yankee Stadium, the Yankees gave him the cold shoulder. "The man that interviewed me told me 'Why should i hire you? You're an old man,'" Vendikos said.

Vendikos is 73. He had been a Yankees bartender for 27 years at the old ball park until being told after the last game there that he would have to re-apply with Legends Hospitality, owned by the Yankees, to move across the street.

"I followed all the procedures. I did everything. I went for a photo shoot. I never got hired. I never got called," Vendikos said.

On Tuesday, Vendiko's attorney filed a complaint against the Yankees with the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission. He calls this a text book case of age discrimination.

"We can't believe that after 27 years that John was told you're just too old. We wonder what George Dteinbrenner would say. He use to serve George Steinbrenner," attorney Lenard Leeds said.

The team has responded saying "The New York Yankees deny the allegations of age discrimination. We have hired many people over the age of 65."

Vendikos' attorney says the EEOC complaint is the first step toward a federal lawsuit.


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