Age Discrimination Liability
The U.S. Supreme Court broadened the scope of the Age Discrimination in Employment Act. With the aging of the baby boomer generation, there is a greater statistical likelihood employees affected by layoffs or other employment decisions will be age-protected. Distributors need to be aware to protect against age claims.
The U.S. Supreme Court decided a case that broadened the scope of claims under the Age Discrimination in Employment Act, ruling in the case of Smith v. City of Jackson, MS. Result: Older workers who believe they have been discriminated against can sue without proof of intentional discrimination and claims of 'disparate impact' are permissible under ADEA.
The ruling resolved a split in the 11 federal circuit courts of appeals on the issue, and ...