Woman settles age-discrimination lawsuit against Historical Society of Western Pennsylvania
An Ohio Township woman has settled her federal age-discrimination lawsuit against the Historical Society of Western Pennsylvania, which operates the Heinz History Center, according to court documents.
Terri Sue Blanchette, 50, claimed in the lawsuit that president and CEO Andrew Masich fired her to make way for “younger, blonde-haired women.” When she filed a discrimination claim with the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, the society twice changed its story about why she was fired, the lawsuit says.
The society said in its answer that Blanchette's claim about “younger, blond-haired women” was “irrelevant, immaterial, and impertinent, and thus should be stricken.” It also denied Masich fired her because of her age.
U.S. District Judge Mark Hornak on Tuesday approved a joint motion to dismiss the case. The motion doesn't provide any details of the settlement.
Sam Cordes, Blanchette's attorney; Scott Hardy, the society's attorney, and a spokesman for the Heinz History Center couldn't immediately be reached for comment.
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