Astea International Will Pay $175,000 to Settle Age Discrimination Lawsuit

Thursday, February 4, 2010
The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) announced that it has filed and resolved an age discrimination lawsuit against Horsham, Pa.-based Astea International, Inc. for $175,000 in monetary relief and significant equitable relief.

According to the EEOC’s lawsuit, Frank Fesnak satisfactorily performed his duties as vice president of strategic alliances but was fired because of his age, 47.  The EEOC charged that after Fesnak was assigned to report to a different supervisor, the new supervisor made derogatory comments regarding older workers.  Astea, a professional consulting services group, abruptly terminated Fesnak and hired someone 15 years younger to replace him, the EEOC said in its lawsuit, Civil Action No. 10-CV-286, filed in U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania.

Such alleged conduct violates the Age Discrimination in Employment Act (ADEA).  The EEOC filed suit after first attempting to reach a pre-litigation settlement.

In addition to the $175,000 in monetary relief to Fesnak, the two-year consent decree includes: injunctive relief prohibiting Astea from engaging in unlawful age discrimination; anti-discrimination training; and the posting of a notice about the settlement.  Astea did not admit liability in the consent decree, which was approved by the court on Jan. 26. 
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