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A St. Joseph man has filed a lawsuit against the Missouri Department of Corrections, saying he experienced age discrimination.

Mike Eivins, a 50-year-old employee of Western Missouri Correctional Center in Cameron, Missouri, says that he was discriminated against, experienced a hostile work environment and faced retaliation at the hands of the DOC.

The lawsuit claims Eivins was passed over 15 times for a promotion in favor of younger, less qualified employees. Eivins claims that during his 18 years of working for the DOC, he continually was passed over because of his age.

Eivins also claims he experienced a hostile work environment, specifically at the hands of a Sgt. Clark who made comments about Eivins’ facial hair and announced his displeasure with this over the speaker system.

Eivins claims he faced retaliation when he was accused of being drunk on the job by a fellow employee and when he was placed on a performance plan after a medical note was ignored that would excuse him for missed days.

The man claims he talked with DOC officials about these accusations of age discrimination, retaliation and hostile work environment, but he was ignored. According to court documents, Eivins was forced to quit his job because of these conditions.

News-Press NOW has contacted the Missouri Department of Corrections about the case, and officials would not comment, citing pending litigation.

The lawsuit claims that Eivins lost wages and benefits and suffered a detrimental job record, career damage and diminished career potential, “garden-variety” mental and emotional distress, a loss of sleep, pain and suffering and non-pecuniary losses.

A trial setting is scheduled for 8:30 a.m. Friday, Oct. 18, in Judge Dan Kellogg’s courtroom.

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