The lawsuit accuses Orkin of discriminatory hiring practices in denying jobs to older workers and favoring Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints applicants.
The EEOC lawsuit arose out of a charge of discrimination filed by 51-year-old Thomas Kokezas, who claimed that Orkin’s agent asked his age, then cut a job interview short.
The lawsuit also alleges Orkin advertised for a recruiter “to assist in hiring LDS missionaries for seasonal employment.”
According to the EEOC, such advertising was illegal because it shows a preference for a particular religion.
Rollins Inc., the parent company of Orkin, issued a statement Thursday.
Company spokeswoman Martha Craft in Atlanta said Orkin values its 8,000 hardworking co-workers and is proud to be an equal opportunity employer.