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Fired college coach, 88, files age-bias complaint

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After 31 years on the job, the cross-country coach for Hunter College in New York is suing the school, alleging he was forced out because of his age. The 88-year-old coach received his first negative performance review and the college offered him a position as an “Athletic Archivist.”

He refused and claimed the offer effectively fired him. He filed an EEOC complaint, alleging age discrimination. The two sides are currently working on a possible resolution through the commission’s conciliation process.

The college cited areas needing improvement on the coach’s performance review including “recruitment, retention and graduation rate needs, utilization of technology … and knowledge of NCAA rules and regulations.”

Note: Removing long-time employees can be difficult. The employer here justified the move by documenting shortcomings. The case will turn on whether these deficiencies are legitimate.

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