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Seniors Group Alleges Age-Discrimination November 13, 2006

Posted by C.A.R.D in Age Discrimination, Card, Church, Citizens Against Racism and Discrimination, Discrimination, Lawsuit.
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NEW HAVEN, Conn. — A church that is being accused of age discrimination claims that it banned a seniors group from meeting on its property because of costly lawsuits.The Seniors Club, formerly known as the Saint John Vianney Seniors Club, is now meeting at the Allingtown Senior Center. The group formerly met at Saint John Vianney church. Group president Mary Macri claims that the group is the victim of age discrimination. According to Macri, the church’s pastor asked the group last month to find a new meeting place. Macri said the parish pastor of Saint. John’s told her too many of her club’s members have filed suits against the church over the past 27 years.

“People from the Bingo, which is on a Wednesday, I know three of four of them have filed suits. I know they have fallen on snow at their sidewalk and they have filed suits,” Macri said.Channel 3 Eyewitness News reporter Leon Collins asked Macri, “So you say, ‘With suits coming from more than one group, why has my group solely been excluded?'”


That’s when I yell discrimination,” Macri said.A representative of the Hartford Diocese denied the allegations of age discrimination and said that as a result of many costly injury lawsuits against Catholic churches, Saint John Vianney’s insurance carrier, Catholic Mutual Insurance, asked parishes to stop allowing non-church groups to meet on church property.Father John Gatzak of the Hartford Diocese said that more than one suit was filed by members of the senior’s club and the expense of fighting the legal battles has forced the church to stop opening its doors to non-church groups.For more information on age discrimination or to report age discrimination, visit the state’s Web site on aging.

C.a.r.d Source: wfsb.com

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