HUMAN RESOURCES: Feds accuse AT&T of age discrimination

The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission said Thursday that it had filed an age-discrimination lawsuit against AT&T Inc., the country’s largest telecommunications provider.

The EEOC says AT&T discriminated against older employees by denying them the chance to be rehired solely because they retired under early retirement plans. The effect of this denial, the agency said, leads to a disproportionate number of older workers not having the same opportunity to apply for re-employment with the company as younger workers.

AT&T spokesman Michael Coe declined to comment specifically on the lawsuit.

The Associated Press