AT&T settles age discrimination case involving area worker

AT agreed to pay $250,000 as part of a settlement in an age discrimination lawsuit that involved a Lee’s Summit worker.

The settlement was announced Friday by the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, which sued the telecommunications company in U.S. District Court in Kansas City.

According to the suit, AT in fall 2008 fired Terry Pierce because of her age. Pierce had worked for the company for 16 years and was 53 when AT let her go. At the same time, the government alleged, AT was retaining younger, lower-performing sales coach managers or allowing them to transfer.

Such conduct violated the federal Age Discrimination in Employment Act.

AT, in addition to the payment, agreed to provide anti-discrimination training and review and redistribute its anti-discrimination policy to its workforce.

The company said in a statement Friday that it denied the allegations in the case, but was glad to have reached a settlement. “AT is a nationally recognized leader in diversity and inclusion, something in which we take great pride,” the company said. “We do not tolerate discrimination of any sort.”

The Star