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Docket: Employment Discrimination


Case Name: Summers v. Altarum Institute

Court: U.S. Ct. App. 4th Cir.    Docket: 13-1645

Read Summary and AARP's Amicus Brief (PDF)

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

Read Summary and AARP's Amicus Brief (PDF)

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

Read Summary AARP's Amicus Brief (PDF)

Case Result: The Court affirmed lower court rulings approving a classwide calculation of damages, due to denial of overtime, "using representative" testimony in the absence of actual time records. The Court also rejected as premature an analysis whether any unharmed plaintiff might recover, given that the damages award had not yet been distributed.

Case Name: Univ. of Texas Southwestern Med. Ctr. v. Nassar

Court: U.S. Supreme Court    Docket: 12-484

Read Summary AARP's Amicus Brief (PDF)

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-U

Read AARP's Amicus Brief  (PDF)

Case Result: In a divided decision, the full Eleventh Circuit ruled that the text of Sec. 4(a)(2) of the ADEA unambiguously forecloses disparate impact claims by applicants alleging age discriminaiton in hiring policies and practices.

Case Name: Villarreal v. R.J. Reynolds Tobacco

Court: U.S. Ct. App. 11th Cir.    Docket: 15-10602

Read Summary AARP's Amicus Brief  (PDF)

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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Find cases in which AFL has advocated in courts nationwide for the rights of older persons, and filed AARP’s amicus curiae (“friend of the court”) briefs that help courts decide precedent-setting cases. The cases within the drop-down categories below are in alphabetical order for ease of searching.

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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.