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CEO Jed York and the San Francisco 49ers were named in an age discrimination lawsuit filed on Friday, according to court documents obtained by CSNBayArea.com.
Former 49ers employees Anthony Lozano, 56, and Keith Yanagi, 59, claim that they -- as well as "a lot" of other senior managers -- were terminated from their jobs circa 2011 because York allegedly desired a younger work force that coincided with the Silicon Valley area surrounding the team's new stadium.
In December 2012, York explained why he wanted to hire young technology workers: "Because they made a lot of money, they did a lot of cool things before they turned 40 years old, and they don't want to go play golf six days a week."
The lawsuit alleges that both Lozano and Yanagi were not given concrete reasons for their termination and were pressured into signing their release papers, despite strong reputations and over 47 total tenured years working for the 49ers.
Lozano was hired in 1989 as a Facilities Manager and the lawsuit claims he had "an outstanding employment record" -- including a letter of appreciation from owner John York as well as an Employee of the Month Award in 2010.
He was told the 49ers were "going in a different direction" when he was dismissed in 2011.
Yanagi was hired in 1987 as a video assistant and rose through the organization until he was named Director of Video Operations in 2004.
The 14-page court document, filed by attorney David M. Poore, claims that the alleged actions of York and the 49ers were "intentional, outrageous, despicable, oppressive, fraudulent, and done with ill will and intent to injure Plaintiffs and to cause mental anguish, anxiety, and emotional distress."
In addition to unspecified damages, the plaintiffs are demanding a trial by jury for wrongful termination, fraud and concealment, and intentional infliction of emotional distress.