MAUI (HawaiiNewsNow) - By AUDREY McAVOY
HONOLULU (AP) - The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission is suing Maui County for age discrimination, saying it didn't hire a 45-year-old to be a police officer because of his age.
The agency filed the lawsuit in federal court in Honolulu on Wednesday.
Maui County's corporate counsel said in a statement the EEOC's allegations are false and the county is confident it will prevail.
Lars Sandstrom applied to be a Maui police officer in 2009.
He had a bachelor's degree and several years of experience in the military and National Guard. He scored well on a written exam.
But the lawsuit alleges the county passed him over while hiring several less qualified candidates. Another police department later hired Sandstrom.
The lawsuit seeks back pay, benefits, damages and steps to prevent further discrimination.