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August 14, 2013

WC denies lawsuit’s age discrimination claim

By CHRISTIN COYNE

In court documents filed last week, Weatherford College denied allegations made by a former library services director who says she was discriminated against because of her age.

Martha Tandy, who was 63 at the time and had worked for the Weatherford College for 35 years, filed a lawsuit against the college last month alleging the school terminated her in February based on her age.

She was told she was being asked to retire due to “deficiences” in her job performance, specifically due to the results of an audit of the library’s assets, according to Tandy.

“The audit results had not yet been reconciled due to understaffing and lack of support from the business and accounting personnel of the college,” Tandy’s petition states.

Tandy claims the issues were just pretexts for terminating her based on her age.

“Any adverse personnel actions taken against [Tandy] were based soley on information, observation and evidence unrelated to her age,” the college’s attorney wrote in answer.

The college noted that Tandy was an at-will employee and did not have a contract with the college.

The school also claims Tandy did not file a grievance despite allegations in the her lawsuit that the college denied her due process request and terminated her two days later.

Tandy is seeking damages of more than $200,000.

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