Feds file age discrimination lawsuit

HONOLULU (AP) - A federal agency has filed an age discrimination lawsuit on behalf of a 54-year-old woman fired by a company that provides health care to seniors.

In the suit, the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission accuses Hawaii Healthcare Professionals Inc. of firing the office coordinator on Maui because of her age.

The company's owner, Carolyn Frutoz-DeHarne, denies the allegation.

The Honolulu Star-Advertiser reports that Frutoz-DeHarne is accused of making disparaging remarks to the woman about looking old and sounding old on the telephone, and had her fired.

Frutoz-DeHarne said the claim has no merit.

The company also provides home health care services on Oahu and Kauai.

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