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Former Star columnist’s lawsuit set for trial

January 6, 2012

An age-discrimination lawsuit brought by a former columnist for The Indianapolis Star is set to go to trial in April after a federal judge rejected the newspaper’s attempt to dismiss her complaint.

Susan G. Guyett, 63, sued the Star and its owner, Virginia-based Gannett Co., in April 2010, alleging that her age led to her dismissal in December 2008.

Guyett wrote the “Talk of Our Town” column. She charges in her suit that the content and concept of the column remained the same after it was assigned to a younger reporter.

The newspaper filed a motion to dismiss the suit, which Judge Richard L. Young denied late last month.

A jury trial is scheduled to begin at 9 a.m. April 24 at the federal courthouse in downtown Indianapolis.
 

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