LEWISTON, Idaho (AP) _ The Idaho Department of Health and
Welfare is being sued by five former workers who say they were laid
off because they were closer to retirement and had higher wages
than their colleagues.
The workers, all from north-central Idaho and eastern
Washington, filed the age discrimination lawsuit in Lewiston,
Idaho's 2nd District Court. The Lewiston Tribune reports that the
workers say they were among 126 employees laid off last year amid
budget cuts and office closures around the state, and that the
department selected older employees for the layoffs.
Juanita Hatke, Judi Lupinacci and Candace Maurer of Lewiston,
Patricia Wilkinson of Kamiah and Barbara Swearingen of Clarkston,
Wash. are asking for damages in an amount to be proven at trial.
They are represented by Lewiston attorney Scott Chapman.