Pa. Court Trainee Was Fired Due to Age, EEOC Alleges in Suit; Discriminatory Remark Made

Remind your supervisors and trainers never to discuss the age of the persons who report to them. That seems rather obvious advice, but ignoring it could land your company on the wrong end of an age discrimination lawsuit.

That’s the situation that the Court of Common Pleas of Allegheny County, Fifth Judicial District of Pennsylvania finds itself in. Earlier this month it was sued by the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, which alleged that one of its trainees was the victim of age discrimination.

According to the lawsuit, Carolyn J. Pittman, at age 70, was assigned to work at the court by a staffing agency in February 2012. While Pittman was still in training with Lisa Moore, who was in charge of training and supervising her, Moore complained that Pittman was too old to work in the department. On March 28, 2012, Pittman was terminated, the EEOC alleged.

And with that the court faces possible liability, including have to reinstatement Pittman, pay her back pay and maybe double damages if the violation is deemed willful.

And all because the head training and supervisor said something she shouldn’t have.

Here’s more information on the lawsuit.

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