May 25th, 2010
DES MOINES (AP) – A federal agency is suing the city of Boone,
alleging it violated the law when it hired a younger person over an
older – and more qualified – applicant.
In the lawsuit filed Monday, the U.S. Equal Employment
Opportunity Commission contends that in 2005 the city hired as
municipal infractions officer a 25-year-old with little experience
over a 62-year-old Navy veteran with extensive management,
construction, electronic and communications experience.
The EEOC contends the city violated the Age Discrimination in
Employment Act when it did not hire Larry Cook.
The EEOC is seeking back pay and other damages for Cook and an
order barring Boone from future discrimination.
Boone’s city administrator Luke Nelson, had not yet been contacted through official channels, and indicated the city will cooperate fully with all involved and added that the cities policy is to comply with all EEOC requirements.
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