Former Bluffton police files age discrimination complaint

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Former Bluffton police files age discrimination complaint

By RENEE DUDLEY rdudley@islandpacket.com 843-706-8138
Published Thursday, December 3, 2009   |  191 Words  |  news

A former Bluffton police lieutenant suing the town for wrongful termination has filed a state complaint alleging that Police Chief David McAllister discriminated against her because of her age, according to a document obtained Thursday by The Island Packet.
Former Lt. Katherine Sours, 53, said in the complaint that McAllister "made comments about my age and how old I was on numerous occasions," according to the Nov. 25 Charge of Discrimination made to the S.C. Human Affairs Commission.
"My position was not cut or eliminated," the complaint says. "A younger employee is currently performing my former job duties. ... Two less senior lieutenants who were younger than me were not laid off."
Town attorney Terry Finger said he hadn't seen the complaint and declined comment on it. He said at least one other town employee was laid off at the same time as Sours.
McAllister also said he hadn't seen the complaint. He said the allegations in Sours' lawsuit are false.
"I look forward to my day in court," he said.
The discrimination charge also was filed with the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission.