AT&T has agreed to pay $250,000 to settle an EEOC age discrimination lawsuit.
According to the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, AT&T fired 53-year-old employee Terry Pierce in 2008 because of her age.
The EEOC claims that AT&T fired Pierce while retaining a number of her younger, lower-performing colleagues or allowing them to transfer to other positions.
EEOC attorney Barbara Seely said, "Age discrimination is a serious problem, especially in times of economic downturn. Not only do victims of age bias lose their jobs unjustly, they often are unable to find new jobs for the same reason. The EEOC will defend people's rights to be treated fairly by employers."
AT&T, which is based in Dallas, Texas, is a one of the world's largest telecommunications corporations.