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East Texas college president’s secretary sues for age bias

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in Discrimination and Harassment,HR Management

The former executive secretary to the president of Jarvis Christian College has filed an age discrimination lawsuit against the East Texas college.

Emma J. Robinson, who is 60 years old, began working at Jarvis in 1975 as a secretary. She eventually was promoted to the position of executive secretary to the president. In her lawsuit, Robinson claims she was an excellent employee and consistently received exemplary evaluations.

However, she was demoted last July to the position of administrative associate.

According to Robinson, the executive secretary position was filled by an employee who is more than 15 years younger than she, with less seniority and fewer qualifications.

When Robinson asked why she was being demoted, the president allegedly told her, “I am the president.” Robinson claims that, as a result of the demotion, she had to take a $15,000 per year pay cut.

Robinson’s lawsuit alleges violations of the federal Age Discrimination in Employment Act and state law.

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