NEW YORK – Hillstone Restaurant Group, Inc. violated federal law by denying employment to applicants age 40 and over for front-of-house positions at its two New York City locations because of their age, the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) charged in a lawsuit filed yesterday.

Hillstone Restaurant Group is a private, family-owned company which operates approximately 40 upscale restaurants across the country under various brand names, including Hillstone.