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Too old and white for HRD? Don’t discuss ‘Dream’ staff

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The New York Human Rights Division is facing age and race-discrimination lawsuits by two former employees who say they were tossed out for being old and white.

The case illustrates the dangers of waxing eloquent with existing or prospective employees about your dream staff. Consider off-limits anything subjective or not directly related to job performance.

The plaintiffs, both women in their sixties, claim incoming Human Rights Commissioner Kumiki Gibson told them they did not “fit” in with “her vision” for the agency. They allege that Gibson proclaimed herself a “woman of color” who sought “diversity” in the division, including “young folks, young people.” Gibson denies the allegations, and will have a chance to answer them in court. 

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