DENVER (Legal Newsline) — The
U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) has announced a lawsuit
against Montrose Memorial Hospital in Colorado for allegations of age-based
"Research shows that
pervasive stereotypes about older workers still persist -- for example, there
are widespread stereotypes that older workers are less motivated, flexible, or
trusting and that a younger workforce is preferable," Phoenix District
EEOC regional attorney Mary Jo O'Neill said.
"These stereotypes are flatly untrue and must be recognized for
what they are -- prejudice and false assumptions."
EEOC alleges Katherine
Casias worked as a licensed practical nurse and registered nurse for 27 years
with Montrose Hospital. The hospital then purportedly fired her for accusations
of performance deficiencies. EEOC alleges younger nurses were treated more
leniently for the same accusations. The agency seeks monetary damages,
including back pay and liquidated damages, as well as injunctive relief to bar
any future discrimination by the hospital.
"It's sad that a
dedicated nurse would serve for 27 years and then be rewarded with age
discrimination,” said acting Phoenix District director Elizabeth Cadle. “EEOC
is proud to enforce federal law against this sort of prejudice."