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Hawaii company ordered to pay $193K in ageism suit

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A Hawaii company that provides home health care for seniors has been ordered to pay more than $193,000 to a woman fired for her age.

The U.S. Equal Opportunity Commission announced Thursday a federal judge in Honolulu ruled against Hawaii Healthcare Professionals, Inc, resolving a 2010 age discrimination lawsuit.

The lawsuit alleges the company fired then-54-year-old Debra Moreno in 2008 after the owner referred to her as a “bag of bones.”

The company is also known as Hawaii Professional HomeCare Services, Inc. Representatives couldn’t immediately be reached for comment.

In addition to the monetary award, the judgment requires the company to train staff on rights and supervisors on how to deal with complaints.

Moreno says she feels vindicated by the decision.

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