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Gulfstream Settles Age Discrimination Case

December 11, 2002

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ATLANTA (AP) _ Gulfstream Aerospace Corp. will pay $2.1 million to settle age discrimination allegations made by 61 former employees, the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission said Wednesday.

The workers accused the subsidiary of General Dynamics Corp. of laying off people older than 40 and keeping younger, less qualified employees.

Gulfstream, a maker of business aircraft, denies any discrimination but agreed to train managers to be sensitive to equal-employment issues, the EEOC said.

Gulfstream spokesman Robert Baugniet said Wednesday that the company cooperated with the government investigation. He would not comment further.

The complaints involved a round of layoffs two years ago when Gulfstream cut about 200 of its nearly 2,000 management-level employees, most of whom worked in Savannah, where the company is based. Gulfstream said it was affected by a drop in aircraft orders.

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