Stack Bros. Mechanical Contractors, of Superior, Systematically Pushed Out Older Workers, EEOC Says in Age Discrimination Lawsuit
SUPERIOR, Wis. — The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission has filed a discrimination lawsuit against a large heating and plumbing contractor in northern Wisconsin and northern Minnesota.
The EEOC alleges Stack Bros. Mechanical Contractors, of Superior, violated federal law by firing two employees when they reached age 62 and retaliating against one of them when she resisted the company's plans to let her go.
The complaint accuses Stack Bros. of discriminating against Randy Virta and Karen Kolodzeske by firing them when they turned 62 in February and September of 2014. The EEOC says the company also retaliated against Kolodzeske by denying her a raise and cutting her hours and pay while waiting for her to turn 62.
Virta and Kolodzeske had worked for Stack Bros. for 16 and 25 years, respectively. President Bill Stack referred comment to his attorney who said he had not yet seen the lawsuit.