5th Circ. Denies EEOC Appeal In Exxon Pilot Age Bias Row

Law360, New York (March 25, 2014, 7:39 PM EDT) -- The Fifth Circuit grounded the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission's bid Tuesday to revive an age discrimination suit over a mandatory retirement policy for Exxon Mobil Corp. pilots, saying Exxon established that it had to rely on age in the name of safety.  

A three-judge panel upheld a trial court's decision to grant summary judgment to Exxon — which employs pilots to fly corporate jets — and ruled that the challenged age requirement was a “bona fide occupational qualification” despite the EEOC's argument that the appeals...
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