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The president and CEO of Cuvaison Estate Wines issued a statement Tuesday denying any age discrimination in their employment practices as alleged in a lawsuit highlighted in an article with the print headline of “Winery sued for age bias” in Tuesday's Napa Valley Register.

CEO/President Dan Zepponi said: “We are saddened by these untrue accusations. We are a company that believes deeply in fair hiring practices, and our team, including our direct-to-consumer staff, is made up of people of all ages and various backgrounds. This diversity is a valued part of our company culture, and any claims to the contrary are false. While we are unfortunately limited in what we can say due to the pending litigation, we are eager to challenge these baseless claims in court.”

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In the suit, filed in Napa County Superior Court in December, former employee Mary Pencek, 58, alleged that the Carneros winery refused to hire anyone over the age of 40 and asserts that she was fired because of her age, as well as her allegation of misconduct.

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Public Safety Reporter

Maria Sestito is the Napa Valley Register public safety reporter. She covers breaking news as well as crime and courts. Maria came to the Napa Valley Register in 2015 after working at as a reporter and photographer at The Daily News in Jacksonville, NC.