All right everyone, I need your advice on this one. Along with the many problems I have inherited at my new job I have a 75 year old dishwasher. She has been with the Club for over 28 years, and has kind of become a joke around the place. She only works Wed., Thur., and Friday during lunch (not too busy) from 11:30am to 3:30pm, that is if she shows up on time, or if her daughter isn't taking her to BINGO. She is slow as molasses, and needs to take a break quite often as her back bothers her. The first time I met her she asked me point-blank if I was going to fire her because of her age. I told her I wasn't firing anyone at the time, as it wasn't my intention of "cleaning house" unless I felt it was neccessary. She then asked me if I wanted to know how old she was. I told her repeatedly that it was not any of my business, but she told me anyway. She is nice enough, and harmless enough, and even gets a little work done, but she is definately not even close to the standard I would set for my employees. I am also afraid of her injuring herself or others (yesterday she walked throught the kitchen with knives pointing straight forward and almost stabbed someone as they rounded the corner). I hate to come across as the "evil bastard" that fired her after 28 years. I am also concerned about the legal ramifications, since there is obviously an age thing involved. She made it quite clear that she really needs this job, and I am sure that no one else would hire her at that age. Do I do the evil, yet business-like thing and let her go, or do I make an exception to my rules and standards, and do the decent thing and keep her on? And if I do let her go, do I open the door for legal action to be taken against me and the club? Part of me says that there is no harm in keeping her on, but the other part of me says that I am throwing away the club's money by keeping her on. Any advice on this one would be helpful.