A former Hernando County public works director has filed an EEOC complaint alleging that his discharge in January was part of a county plan to get rid of older, highly paid employees. Charles Mixson, who is 61 years old, claims that the county wants to terminate all managers over age 55.
The county maintains that Mixson was terminated for, including allowing a project under his supervision to linger for a dozen years and escalate in cost from $77,000 to more than $3 million.
Mixson isn’t the first county employee to allege age discrimination. Jim Gantt, the county’s former purchasing director, alleged that he was pushed out as part of a plan to eliminate older, highly compensated employees.
The EEOC will investigate the case after the county answers the allegations.