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Fired Employee Charges Age Discrimination

May 6, 1992

NEW YORK (AP) _ A fired NBC engineer filed an age discrimination lawsuit Tuesday against the television network, claiming it was singling out employees over 40 for ″involuntary termination.″

The federal court lawsuit claims more than 250 older NBC employees have been fired, demoted or have taken unwarranted pay cuts since early 1991.

The lawsuit, which seeks class-action status, was filed by David Steigelman, 45. He says in the lawsuit he was fired last September after working for NBC for 16 years.

He charged NBC and its corporate parent, General Electric, also tried to induce older employees to leave the company by transferring them to night shifts, pressuring them to accept buyouts and placing them in a ″drowning pool″ with no real responsibilities.

Calls to NBC were referred to spokesman Rich Cutting, who did not return a message seeking comment.

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