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Maui County sued for age discrimination in police hiring

By Associated Press

LAST UPDATED: 01:40 a.m. HST, Dec 19, 2013

The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission sued Maui County for age discrimination Wednesday, saying it didn't hire a 45-year-old to be a police officer because of his age.

The lawsuit filed in federal court in Honolulu alleges Maui County police passed over Lars Sandstrom even though it hired several less qualified candidates as police officers.

Maui County's corporate counsel said in a statement that the allegations are false and the county is confident it will prevail in court.

The EEOC said Sandstrom had a bachelor's degree and several years of experience in the military and National Guard when he applied for the job in 2009. He also earned a high score on the written civil service exam.

Another police department later hired Sandstrom, the commission said.

A three-person panel of Maui police officers interviewed Sandstrom when he applied. The EEOC alleges the panel made disparaging, age-related remarks to him, including, "I doubt someone your age could handle the stress of training."

The lawsuit charges that the officers also questioned whether someone Sandstrom's age could take orders from a younger person.

The commission said that in 2009, Maui police hired at least 28 people who were younger than Sandstrom and who were less qualified on the basis of their education, experience and civil service exam scores.

The lawsuit seeks back pay, benefits and damages for Sandstrom. It asks the court to order the county to create policies and practices that will provide equal employment opportunities for those 40 and older.

"Older workers continue to face discrimination based on age due to negative stereotypes and inaccurate assumptions about their abilities," Anna Park, the EEOC's regional attorney, said in a statement. "It is important for employers to ensure that such stereotyping does not impact a person's ability to be employed."

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goodday wrote:
He expects to get paid even though he didn't actually work?
on December 18,2013 | 11:47AM
It is called discrimination-should he have been hired, which he should have if passed over by less-qualified individuals, he would have been working and earning the money he was unable to do. So, yes, he did not actually work, but he could have been.
on December 18,2013 | 12:10PM
Hugo wrote:
Community Oriented Policing Services (COPS). 50,000 free cops from Clinton, reduced to zero by Bush, coming back under Obama. The Advertiser does not want to report to taxpayers about where your money goes. There is a COPS angle to this story or is Maui too stupid to take free money to pay a new cop for YEARS? I too applied to be a cop, on a lark. Highest scoring applicant. COPS matters. A editor, an editor for my kingdom! For the loss of an editor, a Republic was lost.
on December 18,2013 | 01:27PM
Starman2 wrote:
on December 18,2013 | 01:59PM
st1d wrote:
the cops program did not significantly advance the community policing movement, which began several years before the creation of cops. the cops program misused taxpayer dollars by producing a self-serving evaluation of its effectiveness and presenting the study as independent research. the cops program failed its goal to add 100,000 additional officers to the street. the cops program failed to be an effective crime-reduction policy. the cops were not free, they were paid with tax payers' money. overall cops was an ineffective program and still is today.
on December 18,2013 | 04:12PM
Upperkula wrote:
I can see why they never hired you. Can you say psychiatrist !
on December 19,2013 | 06:24AM
4Nothin wrote:
Never got hired.......... wants back pay, benefits & seeking compensation for damages????
on December 18,2013 | 02:14PM
HanabataDays wrote:
That's how anti-discrimination laws are supposed to work. It's called "providing a financial disincentive" to engaging in discrimination -- age discrimination in this case.
on December 19,2013 | 03:40AM
RetiredWorking wrote:
I was fortunate enough to be hired by the State @ age 57. LOL, my new coworkers expected to carry this old guy. They also expected me to align my lunch times with my wife, who worked down the hall at that time. None of that happened. My boss says she wish she could clone me as a worker. Right now I'm holding two job positions. Hire the elderly IFFF they can do the job!
on December 19,2013 | 04:27AM
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on December 19,2013 | 12:46PM
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