Ogilvy faces age bias suit

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A former Ogilvy & Mather creative filed an age discrimination suit against the agency, claiming she was fired because of her age. Barbara Lui, formerly senior VP-creative director, filed suit in Superior Court for the County of Los Angeles today, seeking lost income and punitive damages to be determined by the jury. Attorneys for the 70-year-old Ms. Lui claim she was initially offered a reduced schedule with less pay and then fired as creative director overseeing Mattel's Barbie brand after 16 years with the agency. "The position of Ogilvy & Mather is complete denial. We intend to take this to the jury,'' said Brian Panish, an attorney for Ms. Lui. An Ogilvy spokesman said the agency would have no comment.

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