Supreme Court Gets It Right!

Cal Thomas | Syndicated columnist | Published: Apr 02, 2005

Supreme Court Gets It Right!

April 4, 2005

The Supreme Court has struck a blow for older workers, which it defines as people 40 and over. Ouch!

The court ruled 5-3 that workers may sue their employers for age discrimination and in doing so they need not prove that discrimination was intentional.

The court said employees can prevail in a lawsuit by showing that a policy has a discriminatory impact on older workers, regardless of the motivation of the employers.

Employers can still defend themselves against discrimination suits, the court said, if they can prove that a challenged policy was based on “reasonable factors other than age.”

I think I like this ruling.

As someone over 40 (barely) who is in good health and of sound mind, I don’t want to be the victim of an employer who hires someone half my age at half the price just to save money, especially when I have so much experience.

There’s a raging debate about pilots and their forced retirement at a certain age, which may allow them to sue for age discrimination.

Once in a while the Supreme Court gets it right.

It appears to have done so with age discrimination.

I’m Cal Thomas in Washington.


Cal Thomas is a nationally syndicated columnist based in Washington, D.C. Watch his television show, After Hours with Cal Thomas, on the Fox News Channel, Saturdays at 11 p.m. Eastern Time.

Supreme Court Gets It Right!