SAN FRANCISCO — A 56-year-old software engineer has sued Cisco Systems Inc., claiming the company discriminated against her because of her age and her Iranian heritage.

Zarah Stahl, who worked at Cisco for 20 years, says she was fired in October after being excluded from meetings, treated with contempt and ignored by her two bosses. In a lawsuit filed last week in Santa Clara County Superior Court, Stahl’s lawyers say her former supervisors, both of whom are 10 years younger, created a hostile work environment that affected her health and forced her to take a leave of absence.

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