Octogenarian secretary sues Catholic Diocese over firing

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An 80-year-old secretary who had held her position at St. Joseph’s Elementary School in York was terminated after months of what she claims was harassment aimed at ­driving her out of her job.

The woman has filed an age discrimination complaint against the Harrisburg Diocese in federal court.

She alleges in her complaint that despite holding the position since 1977, school officials apparently wanted someone younger in the office. In the months leading up to her November 2012 firing, she claims her bosses kept suggesting that she retire and spend more time with her retired husband.

She wrote the Secretary of Edu­­ca­­­tion for the diocese six months before her dismissal complaining of the har­­ass­­ment. Her complaint notes that the diocese replaced her with a younger person.

Note: The diocese will have to demonstrate that the woman could no longer perform the job’s essential functions. Subpar performance evaluations will be necessary for that.

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