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Former MoDOT employee alleges agency kept a 'Buzzard List'

Tuesday, June 25, 2013 | 9:53 a.m. CDT; updated 4:35 p.m. CDT, Tuesday, June 25, 2013

A former employee of the Missouri Department of Transportation is suing the agency, claiming age discrimination.

A lawsuit filed in Buchanan County says 64-year-old Elaine Justus worked at MoDOT's northwest district from 1997 until early 2013, largely in community relations.

The complaint says MoDOT developed a cost-cutting plan that included lists identifying employees by age and tenure. The lawsuit also says a northwest district manager created a similar list sorted by retirement eligibility and called it the "Buzzard List."

The St. Joseph News-Press reports the lawsuit says in 2011, a manager asked Justus her age. Justus says she was told a month later she wouldn't be reappointed. She says she was later demoted and was terminated in January.

MoDOT spokesman Bob Brendel says the department doesn't comment on pending litigation.


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