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Archive for Saturday, October 6, 2012

Federal suit against KU dismissed

October 6, 2012

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A federal lawsuit filed by a former Kansas University employee who alleged age discrimination was dismissed, in favor of KU, by U.S. District Court Judge Kathryn Vratil on Thursday.

Cynthia M. Cook sought damages in excess of $100,000 in the lawsuit filed in 2011. Her attorney claimed that Cook, who was born in 1957 and hired in 1980 as a secretary, was laid off in 2009 and passed over for another KU job that year because of her age. When she left the university, she was an information specialist in the customer service center.

The lawsuit argued that Cook was more qualified but passed over for another position in favor of one person who was 42 and two who were 29.

The suit named KU and Ola Faucher, KU’s director of human resources and equal opportunity, as defendants. The suit said Faucher informed Cook and six other customer service center employees in 2009 they were being laid off “due to a reorganization caused by budgetary problems.”

Cook also has a pending lawsuit filed in Douglas County District Court that alleges age discrimination.

Comments

Jean Robart 2 years, 2 months ago

Cindy-- I am really sorry to hear this. It does happen, and i thought you had a viable case.

Jean Robart 2 years, 2 months ago

By the way, welcome to the alumni association of screw u

begin60 2 years, 2 months ago

It does not require an idealist to widh for a more competent, honest and decent human being as an HR Director than Ola Faucher.

begin60 2 years, 2 months ago

  • It does not require an idealist to wish for a more competent, honest and decent human being as an HR Director than Ola Faucher.

Jean Robart 2 years, 2 months ago

I have no problem with Ola, the problem is with the departmental people in several of the entities within the university. For the most part, the people at "big" HR are very good people.

kusp8 2 years, 2 months ago

I worked in the KU IT Dept in 2009. None of the people in the Customer Service Center were fired because of age; they were all let go because of reorganization. The CSC has been reorganized since then and is a completely different group with a different purpose than it had in 2009.

Quite frankly this is just somebody who didn't want to recognize the IT department was going in a different direction.

Jean Robart 2 years, 2 months ago

I worked there then, too. And age was definitely a problem for many in the department. Cindy is one of the most competent people who ever worked in the help center.

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