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Even courts can wind up in the EEOC’s cross hairs

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The Allegheny County Court of Common Pleas faces an EEOC age dis­crimination lawsuit after it dismissed a 70-year-old employee.

A staffing agency assigned the woman to work at the court, but her age apparently was a problem for her supervisor, who allegedly complained that she was too old to work at the courthouse.

Shortly afterward, according to the EEOC complaint, the employee lost her job.

The woman filed an EEOC complaint alleging age discrimination in violation of the Age Discrimination in Employment Act (ADEA). The parties failed to resolve the dispute during the commission’s conciliation process and the EEOC filed suit on the woman’s behalf.

Note: Even casual remarks about an employee’s age can lay the ground­­work for an ADEA lawsuit. Employees should be judged on their knowledge, skills and abilities—not their age.

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