Federal Court Rules Against Job-Seeking Lawyer in Age Discrimination Suit

The 7th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals ruled 8-4 this week that the Age Discrimination in Employment Act protects workers but not outside job applicants in suits for disparate-impact discrimination, the ABA Journal reports. The case stemmed from a 58-year-old lawyer who challenged an experience cap in a legal job ad, which asked for applicants with no more than seven years of relevant legal experience. The court's decision hedged on the interpretation of the word "individual" in context of the law, which the majority found “shows that Congress employed the term ‘any individual’ as a shorthand reference to someone with ‘status as an employee.’"
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