Case Name: Summers v. Altarum Institute
Court: U.S. Ct. App. 4th Cir. Docket: 13-1645
Case Result: Temporary impairments can be a disability protected by the ADAAA.
Case Name: Taaffe v. Ohio State Univ.
Court: U.S. Dist. Ct. SD Ohio Docket: 15-02870
Case Issue: Did the university administrators allow the English as a Second Language department to conduct an orchestrated effort to drive older staff members out of their jobs through a pattern of age discrimination and harassment.
Case Name: Tramp v. Associated Underwriters
Court: U.S. Ct. App. 8th Cir. Docket: 13-2546
Case Result: Summary judgment for employer reversed as there was evidence employer terminated older employees because it believed that by doing so it would reduce the company's health care costs.
Case Name: Tyson Foods v. Bouaphakeo
Court: U.S. Supreme Court Docket: 14-1146
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Case Issue: May a class action under Rule 23 of the Fed. Rules of Civ. Procedure, or a collective action under the Fair Labor Standards Act, be certified where liability and damages will be determined using a statistical sampling to determine the average uncompensated time worked by a given class member, and may a class or collective action be certified when some of the members have yet to show that they were injured?
Case Name: Univ. of Texas Southwestern Med. Ctr. v. Nassar
Court: U.S. Supreme Court Docket: 12-484
Case Result: A plaintiff alleging unlawful retaliation for protected opposition to suspected discrimination under Title VII must prove retaliation was the "but for" cause of the adverse employment action and not just a "motivating factor."
Case Name: Villarreal v. R.J. Reynolds Tobacco
Court: U.S. Ct. App. 11th Cir. Docket: 15-10602
Case Result: Job seekers, not just current employees, may bring disparate impact claims under the Age Discrimination in Employment Act (ADEA). The court also held that the proper standard for determining whether a complainant was justified in delaying filing a charge of discrimination is whether they were aware, or should have become aware of the facts supporting the claim.
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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 impact areas: Tackling Senior Hunger, Paving the Way to Stable Income, assuring the adequacy and availability of Safe and Afffordable Housing and Reconnecting People to Families and Communities, and ensure that those 50 and older have a voice in the laws and policies that affect their daily lives.