Ex-Penguin rep sues, says publisher discriminated

NEW YORK (AP) — A former spokeswoman for Penguin Group (USA) is suing the publisher, alleging age discrimination and an “orchestrated, coordinated” effort to drive her out.

Fifty-six-year-old Marilyn Ducksworth filed papers Wednesday with New York’s Supreme Court asking for lost pay and punitive damages. She resigned last week after 27 years with Penguin.

She says in her lawsuit that older colleagues had been demoted and forced out in favor of younger employees and that she was ostracized after protesting the changes.

Penguin spokeswoman Jynne Martin declined to comment Wednesday, saying that the publisher had yet to read Duckworth’s complaint.

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