Ikea Must Face Suit Alleging Policies Favor Younger Workers

Law360 (January 24, 2020, 5:42 PM EST) -- Two Ikea policies for weighing whether to promote an employee based on future "potential" and willingness to move to another location could have a disparate impact on older workers and can be part of a proposed class action lawsuit, a Pennsylvania federal judge ruled Thursday.

Though plaintiff Brandon Paine's lawsuit had named five company policies that could either intentionally or indirectly harm older employees' chances of advancement, only the ones assessing their "potential" and willingness to relocate are allowed to move forward. U.S. District Judge Anita B. Brody said the suit had not sufficiently shown how the other three policies were potentially discriminatory....

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