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Trial date set in discrimination suit against Graham

Trial date set in discrimination suit against Graham

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MASON CITY | A trial date has been set for an age discrimination lawsuit filed against Graham Manufacturing and human resource manager Lanie Allen.

Kathy Bor, Mason City, filed the suit in September in Cerro Gordo County District Court.

A jury trial has been set for 1:30 p.m. Jan. 5, 2016.

Bor was employed at Graham, a Mason City plant that manufactures doors, from Feb. 4, 1995, until Dec. 13, 2013, when she was fired. She was 52 at the time she was fired.

Bor claims that on Oct. 9, 2013, she complained to Allen that plant manager Dave Caley, in response to her telling him about damaged doors, yelled at her to "shut up," creating a hostile work environment.

In response, Allen allegedly laughed at Bor and said they would not write up Allen for damaging the doors. The lawsuit states Bor did not damage any doors.

The lawsuit states the defendants claim they later fired Bor because she used profanity in the workplace. However, Bor claims employees at Graham younger than 40 regularly use profanity and are not fired for doing so.

Bor claims the defendants target employees over 40 and subject them to more severe disciplinary actions than their younger co-workers.

The lawsuit also states Bor was replaced by a younger employee.

In addition to age discrimination, Bor is claiming retaliation and wrongful termination, stating she was fired because she opposed discrimination in the workplace.

Bor is seeking an unspecified amount in damages and is demanding a jury trial.

The Iowa Civil Rights Commission issued an administrative release, or letter of right to sue, to Bor on July 3.

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