BUSINESS BRIEFING

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The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission filed an age-discrimination lawsuit against AT&T; Inc., the country's largest telecommunications provider.

The agency said Dallas-based AT&T; discriminated against older employees by denying them the chance to be rehired solely because they had retired under early retirement plans.

The effect of this denial, the agency said, leads to a disproportionate number of older workers not having the same opportunity to apply for reemployment with the company as younger workers. This, the agency says, amounts to age discrimination.

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