MOSCOW, Idaho (AP) – A former University of Idaho employee says she was forced into early retirement due to a “hostile” environment toward older workers.
Lillian Hatheway, 66, was an administrative assistant in the Department of English before she retired in September. She filed a lawsuit against the school Wednesday in Latah County District Court.
Hatheway says in court documents that her performance evaluations went from “outstanding” three years ago, to “needs improvement” in 2006.
In her lawsuit against the school, Hatheway accuses the chair of the English department of making disparaging remarks about older workers and expressing a desire to hire “young and energetic” employees.
University spokeswoman Tania Thompson says the university does not comment on current or pending litigation.
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