Cross Country Coach, 88, Alleges Age Discrimination

September 4, 2015

A former men's and women's cross country coach at Hunter College has filed an age discrimination complaint against the college, alleging that he was “relegated to being an office assistant” because the college thought he was too old to continue as coach. Edwin Zarowin, who is 88, told The New York Times that Hunter officials asked him to step down as coach and to become an “athletic archivist.” Zarowin declined the offer, saying, “If this is the only option open to me, you will -- in essence -- have fired me.” His lawyer filed a grievance with the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission on July 10.

“We truly hoped that he would have accepted the position as sports archivist, a role that people would honor and appreciate, and continue to contribute to the Hunter community in a valued way,” the college said in a statement.

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