Supreme Court Sides With Workers on Age Discrimination

Ruling shifts burden of proof to employers
By Nick McMaster,  Newser Staff
Posted Jun 19, 2008 4:33 PM CDT
Members of the Supreme Court sit for a group portrait at the Supreme Court in Washington in this March 3, 2006 file photo.    (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite, File)
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(Newser) – The Supreme Court ruled today that it is up to employers in age-discrimination lawsuits to prove that their actions resulted from “reasonable factors other than age,” the New York Times reports. With the opinion making it easier for employees to sue, the court explained to opponents that Congress’ wording of the law “set the balance where it is.”