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Former NFL employee files discrimination suit

An age and discrimination lawsuit has been filed against the Detroit Lions, Inc. by a former staffer in their community affairs office. The woman claims that she was passed up for promotion and terminated based on her age and gender. She was denied a director's position and let go after 20 years of employment with the team. She is seeking damages under a civil rights law barring employers from workplace discrimination based on religion, skin color, age and body type.

The woman held the director position for a year of transition before actions were taken to fill it, and she was not given the position. According to the lawsuit, she was told "change is hard," and allegedly began treating her unfairly and less favorably than other male and younger employees. She was the only female in her department, and was also the oldest.

When she was let go, she was told it was meant to reduce the department, but combined with the other details of her case, she felt as if she had been discriminated against and wrongfully terminated. Being pushed out of a position, as it appears this woman was, is never acceptable in the workplace, despite how common it may be becoming.

An experienced employment attorney can be of great help to someone who feels as if they are being passed over or discriminated against in the workplace, or have been wrongfully terminated. It is not easy to step forward and make allegations against an employer, but it can help to prevent the same things from happening to other employees and gain some compensation to move forward into new employment.

Source: The Detroit News, "Longtime Lions employee files age, gender discrimination lawsuit," Christine Ferretti, Nov. 12, 2012

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