As a Baby Boomer I see age bias as the new gay rights. But as a legal writer, I understand the wisdom of accepting $240,967 in severance and not filing a federal lawsuit for alleged age discrimination. The outcomes of all litigation are iffy. Also, who knows what the employer had been documenting.
So, for many of us seasoned law watchers the case of Patricia Grayson, 61, against her former boss Richard Buery at Children's Aid in Manhattan is puzzling. He is now a deputy city mayor in New York City. Here is the coverage from the New York Post.
Grayson contends her performance as a fundraiser was superior. Yet, she claims that she was told by Buery that a number of trustees were not pleased with her. When she approached those trustees, she says, they denied that. In addition, she alleges that five other aging employee at Children's Aid were also terminated.
Clearly, Grayson feels she has a strong case. If this isn't tossed or settled and goes to trial, testimony could be embarrassing to the new mayor's administration since Buery is part of it. On the other hand, Grayson could be raked over the coals in court by the defense lawyer about how she went about her job.