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Lawsuit alleging age discrimination at KU dismissed

February 26, 2013

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A lawsuit filed by a former Kansas University employee who alleged age discrimination was dismissed earlier this month in Douglas County District Court.

Cynthia G. Cook filed lawsuits in both federal and district court in 2011. The lawsuits 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 lawsuits 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 federal lawsuit was dismissed in October. In court documents, KU officials contended Cook and several other people were laid off because of budgetary issues.

Cook's lawyer declined comment, but in a written statement, Jill Jess, KU spokeswoman, said, "We are pleased the case was dismissed."

Comments

Frederic Gutknecht IV 2 years, 6 months ago

I was born in '56 and think I've earned the right to sue LIFE! All life must pay!

I'm only asking for 1/1,000,000,000,000th of a cent from each living thing. It's not much to ask.

PAY UP!~)

jonnyboy 2 years, 6 months ago

Age discrimination in hiring is rampant and accepted. It would be interesting to have the Journal World print the ages of all the new employees hired at KU in the last 4-5 years.

happyrearviewmirror 2 years, 6 months ago

Age is not supposed to be considered in the hiring process. We have the right not to disclose our ages. I never give my age, and I doubt it's ever been a big factor in OBTAINING employment. Places like KU may make it an issue after the fact. Age is only a number, and it's also private information often protected by law. Lawrence has a very "young" culture, and the virtues of maturity and wisdom often remain uncelebrated if not completely rejected. Age diversity is not valued highly enough.

happyrearviewmirror 2 years, 6 months ago

KU claimed I was fired for budgetary reasons too, but when they need to downsize they cruelly choose out workers to be let go for discriminatory reasons. No matter that on paper ( and likely in reality)my qualifications were much better. People in Lawrence can't see beyond prejudice--too much ignorant judgment based on superficial factors, all that sentimentalizing of perceived weakness and projected helplessness. I rarely met anyone at all there who treated me like a human being, only street harassers 24/7. "Frig a bigot" to this day remains my favorite exclamation of frustration.

Moving anti-bullying video: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/02/25/shane-koyczan-to-this-day-anti-bullying-poem_n_2759849.html?ir=Books

First do no harm! Stop terrorizing random pedestrians for discriminatory reasons! You are not God's gift-- only a country bumpkin who hasn't learned critical thinking skills. Your idea of "help" is my idea of insult. John Kerry says Americans have the right to be left alone by stupes!

First do no harm! Stop terrorizing random pedestrians for discriminatory reasons! You are not God's gift-- only a country bumpkin who hasn't learned critical thinking skills. Your idea of "help" is my idea of insult. John Kerry says Americans have the right to be left alone by stupes! by happyrearviewmirror

First do no harm! Stop terrorizing random pedestrians for discriminatory reasons! You are not God's gift-- only a country bumpkin who hasn't learned critical thinking skills. Your idea of "help" is my idea of insult. John Kerry says Americans have the right to be left alone by stupes!

First do no harm! Stop terrorizing random pedestrians for discriminatory reasons! You are not God's gift-- only a country bumpkin who hasn't learned critical thinking skills. Your idea of "help" is my idea of insult. John Kerry says Americans have the right to be left alone by stupes! by happyrearviewmirror

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