EEOC Loses High Court Case Over Pensions, Age

Law360, New York (June 19, 2008, 12:00 AM EDT) -- The U.S. Supreme Court dealt a blow to the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission on Thursday, ruling 5-4 that a retirement plan that uses age as a factor in determining benefits doesn't necessarily violate the Age Discrimination in Employment Act.

The high court's ruling in Kentucky Retirement Systems v. EEOC reversed a 2006 decision from the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit, which held that Kentucky's plan ran afoul of the act.

The case asked whether a plan that lawfully makes age a condition...
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