Northwest Escapes Age Bias Action Over Pensions

Law360, New York (February 25, 2011, 4:09 PM EST) -- A federal judge in New York on Thursday threw out a putative class action alleging Northwest Airlines Inc. discriminated against older employees by offsetting their pension payments with workers' compensation benefits after they turned 65.

Judge Robert P. Patterson of the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York ruled that Northwest, now merged with Delta Airlines Inc., did not violate the Age Discrimination in Employment Act.

The named plaintiff in Thursday's suit, Marta Mitchell-White, worked as a Northwest reservationist and as a customer...
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