Federal commission cites age discrimination in suit against Common Pleas Court

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The federal Equal Employment Opportunity Commission sued the Allegheny County Court of Common Pleas late Tuesday, alleging that a court manager discriminated against a 70-year-old temporary employee by dismissing her in 2012.

A staffing agency assigned Carolyn J. Pittman to the courts in February 2012, according to the complaint filed in U.S. District Court. A court employee named Lisa Moore was assigned to train her to work on a "scanning project," according to the complaint.

The EEOC alleges that Ms. Moore "complained that Pittman was too old to work in the department" and that she couldn't see well and "made too many errors."

According to the EEOC, the court system in March 2012 told the staffing agency that Ms. Pittman "had to be removed" from her job. While court managers told Ms. Pittman that the scanning project for which she was retained had ended, that was not true, and was "a pretext" for her age-related dismissal, according to the EEOC.

Ms. Pittman "was replaced by at least one much younger worker," according to the complaint.

The EEOC demanded in the complaint that the federal court issue an injunction barring the common pleas court from discriminating on the basis of age, and pay back wages to Ms. Pittman.

The common pleas court's spokeswoman said she could not comment on personnel matters or litigation.

Read the EEOC age discrimination complaint against Allegheny County Court of Common Pleas below. Click here if you’re having trouble viewing it.


Rich Lord: rlord@post-gazette.com or 412-263-1542. Twitter: @richelord. First Published July 9, 2014 12:00 AM

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