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Ex-college director sues for age-based employment discrimination

Having a good work ethic and great performance reviews will usually increase the chances for California individuals to be promoted. To have that type of praise, the employees must work hard and sometimes make long-term sacrifices to get the promotions that they desire. Those dreams can be crushed when the employees who have worked so hard to get ahead miss out on an opportunity they feel they deserve because of unlawful practices such as employment discrimination. A woman from another state claims that she has felt the pain of discrimination and has taken her case against her employer to a federal court.

The former college employee claims that she was passed over for a promotion. She alleges she had a strong track record in her position as a director of foundations and grants, but, when she tried to get a promotion, she was not chosen. Instead, she said the person who received the promotion did not have the qualifications needed to do the job. The plaintiff also noticed that the person who was chosen was younger.

The 61-year-old asserts that this was not the only difficulties she faced. She alleges that after she did not get the promotion, her supervisor did not want to include her in discussions about projects. Additionally, the plaintiff applied to take a leave under the FMLA to take care of an ailing parent, but after she placed her request, she claims she was fired. The woman further alleges that her position was filled with someone who is younger.

Her complaint accuses the college of employment discrimination and violations of the FMLA and Age Discrimination in Employment Act. She is seeking over $150,000 in damages, court costs and lost benefits. California individuals who believe they have been the victims of discrimination will need evidence to back up their allegations. Documentation of names, people, places and events that can substantiate the claim can increase the chances of a successful outcome

Source:, "Woman sues Harcum College over allegations of age discrimination", Carrie Bradon, Jan. 7, 2016

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