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Case Details

Case: Kentucky Retirement Sys. v. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission
Subject(s): Age discrimination, pensions, statutory interpretation, legislative history
Appealed from: Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals

Docket No: 06-1037
Decision Rendered: No
Decision: None

Question(s) presented: Whether a pension plan that openly gives different levels of retirement benefits to workers based on their age violates the Age Discrimination in Employment Act even if it arguably does not reflect any animus towards older workers.

Holding of appellate court: The District Court and a panel of the Sixth Circuit concluded that the Kentucky plan did not violate the ADEA because while it took age into account to determine disability retirement benefits, it did not attach any stigma to age itself. The Sixth Circuit reheard the case en banc and reversed, holding that the simple act of treating younger disabled retirees better than older ones was sufficient to make out a prima facie ADEA violation.

Date of Oral Arguments Your Prediction Your Prediction by Justice Update
Affirm Reverse Vacate Justice Affirm Reverse Vacate
Jan 09, 2008 Alito