Marymount Manhattan College Settles EEOC Suit

January 7, 2013 ( - Marymount Manhattan College settled an age discrimination lawsuit filed by the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC).  

The college agreed to pay $125,000 to Patricia Catterson, a choreography instructor it refused to hire for a tenure-track assistant professorship because of her age.

Marymount also agrees to comply with the requirements of the Age Discrimination in Employment Act (ADEA), and the settlement agreement requires monitoring as well as training on anti-discrimination law for four years. 

According to the EEOC’s suit, Marymount passed over a 64-year-old applicant for an assistant professorship in dance composition who had been working at Marymount and instead hired a 38-year-old applicant (see “EEOC Sues College for Not Hiring 64-Year-Old”).  The suit charged the hiring violated the ADEA, which prohibits age discrimination against employees and job applicants who are age 40 or older.

“Under the law, age has no place in making hiring decisions and tenure-track positions in academia are no exception,” New York District Director EEOC Kevin Berry said.