3rd Circ. Skeptical Of Fired AT&T Worker's Age Bias Claim

By Jeannie O'Sullivan (March 9, 2021, 4:32 PM EST) -- The Third Circuit on Tuesday appeared skeptical of a longtime AT&T employee's claims that she was fired in part due to her age, questioning how her allegations could hold up given that others her age and older were retained during the layoffs that ended her time with the telecom.

During oral arguments, a three-judge panel pressed Kathleen Fowler's attorney to show that AT&T used pretextual reasons for terminating his client, as Fowler sought to revive her age and disability discrimination suit. Fowler claims she was fired at age 60 after she and others were placed on "surplus," meaning their positions could...

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