10th Circ. Says 'Shelf Life' Talk Doesn't Prove IBM Age Bias

Law360, New York (November 5, 2013, 6:14 PM EST) -- The Tenth Circuit ruled Tuesday that a discussion between human resources professionals at IBM that discussed a workers “shelf life” before his termination does not show that the employee was let go because of his age.

The appeals court upheld an Oklahoma federal court's decision to grant summary judgment to IBM in former employee George M. Roberts' age discrimination suit, finding that while “shelf life” may refer to freshness “in the supermarket,” when it was used in reference to Roberts, it did not, and therefore could...
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