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Ridgefield woman seeks $2 million in age discrimination suit ag...

There are 129 comments on the NewsTimes.com story from Feb 19, 2009, titled Ridgefield woman seeks $2 million in age discrimination suit ag.... In it, NewsTimes.com reports that:

A Ridgefield woman is seeking $2 million in a lawsuit against the parent company of Danbury-based Cartus, charging she was targeted because of her age when she was laid off in November 2007.

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Ataboy

United States

#23 Feb 20, 2009
DanburyMan wrote:
What about others who are getting laid off everywhere. Just because she is old, she is finding a reason to sue. Move on Joan, let others also get a chance to be VPs and directors. How long you will struggle? Take the chance to retire gracefully. Don't take offence but this country really needs young minds.
And I'm sure you won't mind 'moving over' when your time comes?
BostonBabe

United States

#24 Feb 20, 2009
Fact is they can hire bright young minds just out of business school to do the same job for half the price. This woman may be a talented executive but she is just costing the company too much money. It happens all the time. I went on an interview one time and the interviewer asked me why he should hire me at twice the price and age of a recent business school graduate who would be thrilled to work for so much less. Sad reality, but true.
Ca mu na t Disorganizer

Trumbull, CT

#25 Feb 20, 2009
Joan Zawacki, 56, "Vice president of business process and workforce management". What a great title; sounds like a do nothing, made up job to begin with. Probably to satisfy some equal opportunity quota. Joan sound like an old bag, not surprised she got the boot.
Larry Fitzgerald

United States

#28 Feb 20, 2009
Joan, you are a poor excuse for a human being. If they have to settle with u and more people lose their jobs how will you feel?
DanburyDude

United States

#30 Feb 20, 2009
As for the person who thinks that you are discriminated against because you are overweight- WHAT!? I have seen Cartus sponsor so many weight loss seminars and health related info sessions. The diversity counsel at Cartus features everyone under the sun; as a result I think it will be pretty difficult to prove that this is a company that not only does not care about age diversity but actually spurns it. People just want something or someone to blame for losing their job or not getting promoted fast enough, whether it is age or weight that they use as their excuse. The reality is, there ARE people out there who no matter what their credentials, actually do work harder than you regardless of what you look like, and that goes a long way in a place like Cartus. Some people become lazy as they get older, or heavier, or depressed... or rather, they become complacent. Could it be that attitude of complaceny that assists in a person losing his or her job? Its naive to think that its all about age or all about weight or any other buzz word excuse you want to use, because a person's issues go a tad deeper than that...
Relo Guy

United States

#31 Feb 20, 2009
Danbury Dude, "complaceny" isn't a word to the best of my knowledge. I think you meant "complacency". Good luck with your sought after promotion at Cartus.
DanburyDude

United States

#33 Feb 20, 2009
Typo, sorry. Thanks for the correction.
Relo Guy wrote:
Danbury Dude, "complaceny" isn't a word to the best of my knowledge. I think you meant "complacency". Good luck with your sought after promotion at Cartus.
Good Luck

Broad Brook, CT

#34 Feb 20, 2009
Good luck with this one. Workplace discrimination due to Age, Race and sex is very difficult to prove although it happens often. A good HR department will do all it's due diligence to show they are not biased in there layoffs, but the reality is that they take this opportunity to include as many "older" workers as possible under the cloak of non-biased layoffs. Most lawyers want conclusive proof of discrimination before taking the case, which most can not provide despite the fact that therte has been dicrimination. Who is the attorney?
Hmmm

Danbury, CT

#35 Feb 20, 2009
You stay with a company for years and give them your all. With time and hard work you get raises. Then due to the fact that you are now older and are making too much money, you get kicked to the curb - NICE. Corporate America stinks. Companies have the "deer in the headlight" look when their employees don't give a darn about their jobs. Sadly company loyalty is a thing of the past. Most civil service jobs work with the "last hired first fired" rule. Maybe Corporate America could use the same phiosophy and maybe these types of lawsuits would disappear...
CTLover

Kansas City, MO

#36 Feb 20, 2009
Lawrence Decklend III wrote:
Why are there so many cheerleaders here??? I hope you lose badly Joan. I hope you have to wear a smock at Walmart as part of your punishment.
Unlike you, Joan has a LOT of friends and people behind her. Sounds like you were burned in the past and can't get over it!! Why don't you do something useful instead a bad mouthing peolpe that YOU DON'T KNOW!!!
Afab45

Danbury, CT

#37 Feb 20, 2009
You go girl!!! Stick it to them...
GPS

Willimantic, CT

#38 Feb 20, 2009
I know someone who is 30 and also got laid off from Cartus. And the only tie to age is that the older you are, the more years you probably have at the company. More years=higher pay. She was laid off because she made too much. If she thought she was worth $135k she would have found another job by now, right?
Afab45

Danbury, CT

#39 Feb 20, 2009
I've been laid off for the past 3-1/2 months and normally wouldn't say anything - but if her own supervisor made that comment about "bright and fresh" she deserves to win this case. I'm 47 and I'm no fool in thinking that companies would prefer to hire some kid out of college for peanuts than pay me what I'm worth. It's a sad, pathetic fact of life in this youth obsessed country. Just wait Mr. 20-year-old....one day you will be in those "old" shoes too.
I Said NO NO NO

Tegucigalpa, Honduras

#40 Feb 20, 2009
I feel sorry for anyone that loses a job other than the ones that do not perform. It is a sign of the times. To put the blame on a persons age, color, weight etc. for being let go is just grasping for any amount of $$ one can get. It is wrong. Thousands of people lose their jobs every day in the United States and in countries all over the world. Everyone is cutting expenses.
Pea Pod

Waltham, MA

#42 Feb 20, 2009
Same old, same old. Let's use the law to rake over corporate America. Sounds like a job for Alan Barry. Why keep over-payed employees, stuck in the same old think tank with blinders on, when you can hire a young, energetic person to bring new ideas and strategies to the table? Times change, get used to it.
Hmmm

Danbury, CT

#43 Feb 20, 2009
Pea Pod wrote:
Same old, same old. Let's use the law to rake over corporate America. Sounds like a job for Alan Barry. Why keep over-payed employees, stuck in the same old think tank with blinders on, when you can hire a young, energetic person to bring new ideas and strategies to the table? Times change, get used to it.
Young and energetic? Not from what I saw. Extra long lunches, text messaging, excessively long phone calls with friends & family, not staying one extra minute or doing anything to help out a busy co-worker... This is what a company is supposed to pay for??
Been There - Done That

Higganum, CT

#44 Feb 20, 2009
This article would be more informative if the "reporter" asked where the law suit was filed. Was it filed in CT State court; in Federal Court? Was it filed with the CT Commission on Human Rights & Opportunities? Where & by whom is the scheduled hearing being held?
What has Ms Zawacki done since November 2007 in making a claim of age discrimination?
This "story" sounds like a news release from an attorney's office!

“What?”

Since: Jan 08

New Milford

#45 Feb 20, 2009
Jimmy Hoofa wrote:
Had she been in a Union, this would have never happened
Except she'd be paying $25,000 in union dues.

What? It's okay that tens of thousands are losing their jobs, but overpaid 56 year-olds should have some special exemption? Maybe Obama will send her a check.
Shoe on other foot

Danbury, CT

#46 Feb 20, 2009
Ca mu na t Disorganizer wrote:
Joan Zawacki, 56, "Vice president of business process and workforce management". What a great title; sounds like a do nothing, made up job to begin with. Probably to satisfy some equal opportunity quota. Joan sound like an old bag, not surprised she got the boot.
Add "at the forefront of designing and implementing innovating strategic direction for the company" and "was responsible for delivering millions of dollars in savings" to business process and workforce management and it sounds like she had no problem putting others out of work. She probably was on a stock option and variable compensation plan as well. Get over yourself Joan.
Steve Brookfield CT

Woodbridge, CT

#47 Feb 20, 2009
It is real life and the current workplace.

Joan ask yourself why would they keep a used employee like you.

1. You cost them a large salary
2. Extensive benefits
3. Lots of vacation time
4. Heath issues and costs

I'm not saying its right, but it is what it is....

By the way where was your law suit when this was happening to others in your company 06 and 07?

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