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Telesca dismisses Xerox suit

An age- and gender-discrimination suit filed in federal court here by 17 former Xerox Corp. employees was dismissed this week.
The plaintiffs failed to prove that Xerox’s redeployment and reduction-in-force policies were biased on the basis of age or gender, U.S. District Judge Michael Telesca said in a ruling handed down Tuesday.
In the early 1990s, 16 of these 17 employees held information-management posts in Xerox’s U.S. marketing group, now called the U.S. customer-operations group. One of the plaintiffs, Edna Trumble, worked as a computer operator in the corporate strategic-services group.
In 1992, plaintiffs were placed on a “redeployment list” and faced firing unless they could find other jobs at Xerox within 60 days. All 17 workers failed to find new posts and were dismissed.
The plaintiffs claimed Xerox’s redeployment and dismissal policies fell heaviest on employees who were male and more than 40 years old.
Telesca found that the plaintiffs’ expert witness–Marjorie Honig, a labor economist and chair of the economics department at Hunter College of the City University of New York–was unable to prove a case of discrimination.
Telesca cited Honig’s failure to analyze the specific employment practice tied to the alleged discrimination, noting that she refused to consider the skills assessments used by Xerox to determine which workers would be redeployed.
Honig said she did not analyze the skills assessments used by Xerox because the data was “incomplete and inherently inaccurate,” according to court documents.

Telesca dismisses Xerox suit

An age- and gender-discrimination suit filed in federal court here by 17 former Xerox Corp. employees was dismissed this week.
The plaintiffs failed to prove that Xerox’s redeployment and reduction-in-force policies were biased on the basis of age or gender, U.S.

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