Age Discrimination Age Discrimination in Employment Act

Age Discrimination is the practice of treating an employee or job applicant less favorably than other employees or applicants due to his or her age. The Age Discrimination in Employment Act (ADEA) only protects... more +
Age Discrimination is the practice of treating an employee or job applicant less favorably than other employees or applicants due to his or her age. The Age Discrimination in Employment Act (ADEA) only protects those workers or applicants who are over the age of forty. Some state laws expand age discrimination protection to younger workers as well. Age Discrimination can take many forms including persistent harassment based on a person's age, demotion, unjustified pay disparities, passing over for opportunity, or any other adverse employment action motivated by an individual's age.  less -
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Queen For A Day: If I Ran The World, Would I Scrap Our Employment Laws?

For those of you who don’t know Mr. Olson, he’s a libertarian. :-) I have to admit, I needed time to process this! I complain about these laws all the time, but would I really want to get rid of all protections for...more

Consistently Inconsistent? Fifth Circuit Appears to Have Conflicting Approaches to Damages Under the ADEA and FLSA

Can a plaintiff get pain and suffering or punitive damages in a retaliation claim under the Age Discrimination in Employment Act (ADEA)? In Vaughan v. Anderson Regional Medical Center, the Fifth Circuit, denying both an...more

It Pays to Pay Attention to Impact When Considering Layoffs

Unfortunately, many employers from time to time face the need to restructure or downsize their workforce. While the business climate or customer needs are often the driving force in a restructuring or layoff, there are a...more

Age Discrimination Claims Valid When Both Candidates Over 40

In Irvin v. Ascension Parish School Board, the United States District Court for the Middle District of Louisiana denied Defendant’s motion for summary dismissal of a claim under the Age Discrimination in Employment Act...more

Third Circuit Permits ADEA “Subgroup” Claims

The Third Circuit recently held in Karlo v. Pittsburgh Glass Works, LLC, No. 15-3435, 2017 WL 83385 (3d Cir. Jan. 10, 2017), that workers in their 50s may be recognized as a “subgroup” of employees protected by the Age...more

Third Circuit Rules "Subgroup" Disparate Impact Claims Are Cognizable Under the ADEA

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit recently became the first appellate court to find that so-called “subgroup” disparate impact claims are cognizable under the Age Discrimination in Employment Act (ADEA), which...more

OWBPA Basics

We have found that the Older Workers Benefit Protection Act (OWBPA) is a source of confusion and misunderstanding for some of our clients. Even experienced HR professionals and in-house counsel have questions about what it...more

Fifth Circuit Allows Award of Compensatory Damages for FLSA Overtime Violation

In its December Vaughn decision, the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals concluded that plaintiffs in age discrimination cases may not collect compensatory or punitive damages. The court based its decision on its interpretation of...more

Third Circuit Recognizes Disparate Impact Age Claim for 50-and-Older Subgroup of Employees

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit recently issued a decision that creates a circuit split on an issue involving disparate impact age discrimination claims under the Age Discrimination in Employment Act (“ADEA”)....more

Third Circuit Finds Older Workers Can Sue for Age Bias Even if Comparators Are 40-Plus

On January 10, 2017, the United States Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit held that “sub-group” disparate-impact claims are cognizable under the Age Discrimination in Employment Act (ADEA). Karlo v. Pittsburg Glass Works,...more

Third Circuit Plays the “Top Fifty” Hits, Allows ADEA Claim for Employees Fifty and Over

Seyfarth Synopsis: The Third Circuit has shaken up long-standing precedent and created a split among the circuits, such that now employers should not only evaluate its employment decisions for the effect on individuals over...more

Third Circuit Expands Liability Under the ADEA for Disparate Impact Claims

The Third Circuit recently held that the Age Discrimination in Employment Act (ADEA) permits disparate impact claims by older "subgroups" of workers within the law's protected 40-and-over class. Under the court's ruling,...more

Third Circuit Allows “Subgroup” Disparate-Impact Claims to Proceed Under The ADEA

Employers are well aware of the federal Age Discrimination in Employment Act (“ADEA”), which protects individuals over the age of forty, as well as its disparate-impact provision, which makes it unlawful for an employer to...more

3rd Circuit Validates Age Discrimination Subgroup Theory

On Jan. 10, 2017, the 3rd Circuit Court of Appeals held in Karlo v. Pittsburgh Glass Works, LLC, that the federal Age Discrimination in Employment Act (ADEA) permits “disparate impact” claims by subgroups of older workers...more

Third Circuit Recognizes “Subgroup” ADEA Disparate-Impact Claims

Action item: The Third Circuit’s January 10, 2017 decision regarding an employer’s age-based liability under the Age Discrimination in Employment Act (“ADEA”) should serve as a call to action to employers to evaluate and...more

Fifth Circuit Rejects EEOC's Position on Punitive Damages for Age Discrimination

Last month, the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals confirmed its earlier position that compensatory and punitive damages are not available to plaintiffs who allege violation of the Age Discrimination in Employment Act (ADEA)....more

Fifth Circuit Protects 40-Year-Old Case and Affirms ADEA Limits On Recoverable Damages

Seyfarth Synopsis: In a somewhat rare interlocutory appeal, the Fifth Circuit reviewed and reaffirmed a 40-year old case holding that emotional distress and punitive damages are not available under the ADEA. This decision...more

25 Is the New 40: California’s AB-1687

“It is time to stop the ageism that permeates Hollywood’s casting process,” wrote SAG-AFTRA President Gabrielle Carteris. On September 24, 2016, California Governor Jerry Brown took a controversial step toward achieving such...more

Chris Lazarini Examines Case of Constructive Discharge in Employment Discrimination Case

Bass, Berry & Sims attorney Chris Lazarini examined a case where Plaintiff, a 61-year-old female bank employee, sufficiently pleaded constructive discharge in support of her employment discrimination claims where she was...more

Religious Institutions Update: October 2016

Timely Topics - The final rule implementing Section 1557 of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (ACA) was issued by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) Office for Civil Rights (OCR) on May...more

Eleventh Circuit Says No to Applicant Disparate Impact Age Discrimination Claims

How would your company react if legal counsel advised you that the mere act of recruiting on college campuses exposes the business to class action employment discrimination claims? Fortunately, this scenario will not happen...more

Class Action Age Discrimination Case Against Google Moves Forward

A software developer in California recently prevailed in a key ruling regarding her lawsuit against Google. The developer, Cheryl Fillekes, originally brought a suit against the multinational technology company in 2015,...more

EEOC Releases Formal Guidance on Unlawful Retaliatory Conduct in the Workplace

After an extended public comment period, the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (“EEOC”)—which is charged with enforcing federal employment discrimination laws—recently issued its final Enforcement Guidance on...more

Can A Job Applicant File A Disparate Impact ADEA Claim? No—According to the Eleventh Circuit

Is there such a thing as a disparate impact age claim? The Eleventh circuit last week says not for people applying for a job. On October 5, 2016, the Eleventh Circuit Court of Appeals issued an opinion shutting down claims...more

Limit Your Pre-Employment Inquiries to Job-Related Questions

As most employers know, it is unlawful to ask an employment or promotion candidate questions which reflect bias based on race, color, age, gender, religion, or any other protected status. For example, a candidate cannot be...more

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