Providence to pay $220,000 settlement

Posted: Thursday, June 04, 2009

ANCHORAGE - The federal government said Providence Alaska Medical Center has agreed to pay $220,000 to settle an age-discrimination lawsuit.

The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission said the lawsuit involved five surgery aides and anesthesia technicians.

The commission said the hospital in 2005 laid off and refused to rehire the longtime employees after restructuring the operating room. The workers were between ages 46 to 56 and had worked for Providence from 11 to 24 years.

The commission said the hospital replaced them with workers in their 20s and 30s.

Providence denied liability but agreed to pay the money to compensate the five for lost wages. It will also revise policies and training.

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