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 discrimination.


"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."

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