A federal judge based in Philadelphia denied a former Comcast Corp. call center employee's bid for a class-action discrimination suit.

The former employee, Wilbert Spencer Jr., says in the lawsuit that Comcast managers fired him for hanging up on a customer at the Newark, Del., call center after he lodged a discrimination complaint against his managers over a bad employee review.

Comcast managers tried to "cover up" the incident when the Delaware Department of Labor sought information on Spencer's termination for his unemployment insurance, the suit claimed.

U.S. District Judge R. Barclay Surrick in February denied class certification of the case—Spencer's case lacks the names of any other employees who were similarly discriminated against at the Delaware call center—and one count in the lawsuit.

The five other counts in the suit alleged by Spencer, including retaliating against him and maintaining a hostile work environment, will be litigated, according to court documents.

Comcast is represented by Frank Chernak, Stephen Kastenberg and Meredith Swartz of Ballard Spahr LLP. 

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