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Docket: Employment Discrimination


Case Name: Peterson v. Seagate US LLC

Court: U.S. Dist. Ct. Minn.

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Case Result: Age discrimination case of 63 former employees was resolved successfully by settlement.

Case Name: Phillips v. NYPD

Court: U.S. Dist. Ct. SDNY Docket: 11-6685

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Case Result: Settlement allows police officers to return to work using their hearing aids and other officers will be permitted to take auditory examination using hearing aids.

Case Name: Ponce v. Billington

Court: U.S. Ct. App. D.C. Cir.   Docket: 11-5117

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Case Result:  Although affirming the jury verdict against the plaintiff on Title VII race, sex, and national origin discrimination claims, the appeals court declared that "nothing in Title VII required a plaintiff to show that illegal discrimination was the sole cause of an adverse employment action.

Case Name: Powell v. Dallas Morning News

Court: U.S. Ct. App. 5th Cir.   Docket: 11-10697

Read Summary and AARP's Amicus Brief (PDF)

Case Result: Defendants' alleged reliance on subjective criteria for selecting employees for a reduction in force did not have a disparate impact on older workers.

Case Name: Reid v. Google, Inc.

Court: Cal. Supreme Ct.    Docket: S158965

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Case Result: Court concluded that evidence of "stray remarks" should be considered with all the evidence in the record because its categorical exclusion might lead to unfair results, declining to follow federal law that requires courts to view in isolation statements by coworkers and nondecisionmakers or comment unrelated to the employment decision being challenged and categorically exclude such evidence.

Case Name: Rhodes v. R + L Carriers, Inc.

Court: U.S. Ct. App. 6th Cir.    Docket: 11-3054

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Case Result: The complaint that alleged numerous violations of federal and state discrimination law by the defendant was more than adequate to survive a motion to dismiss.

Case Name: Romero v. Allstate Ins. Corp. (2005)

Court: U.S. Dist. Ct. Pa.

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Case Issue: Did employer unlawfully retaliate against the plaintiffs (former agents) by filing counterclaims against them alleging (falsely) that the plaintiffs violated the terms of the release they were required to sign when they were terminated?

Case Name: Romero v. Allstate Ins. Co. (2001)

Court: U.S. Dist. Ct. Pa.

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Case Issue: Did employer violate ERISA and/or the ADEA when it involuntarily terminated employee-agents, 90% of whom were older workers, in order to convert those willing to sign a release to independent contractor status?

Case Name: Sander v. Gray Television Group

Court: U.S. Ct. App. 6th Cir.   Docket: 10-6120

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Case Result: Court affirms age discimination (ADEA) case of summary judgment to the employer despite dispute whether employee was discharged or voluntarily resigned, failing to draw inferences in favor of opposing party.

Case Name: Squyres v. The Heico Companies

Court: U.S. Ct. App. 5th Cir.   Docket: 13-11358

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Case Issue: Did the court violate its duty at summary judgment by weighing the evidence, making credibility determinations, and failing to draw inferences in favor of the plaintiff, the non-moving party?

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Our legal advocacy initiatives  - conducted by AARP Foundation Litigation (AFL) - reflect more than 15 years of work in federal and state courts across the country. Through our efforts, we support the Foundation’s four priority areas: Hunger, Income, Housing and Isolation, and ensure that those 50 and older have a voice in the laws and policies that affect their daily lives.