Gerson Quoted on Supreme Court Age Bias CaseEmployment Law 360 June 19, 2009
Stuart Gerson, a Member of the Firm in the Litigation and Health Care & Life Sciences Practices in the Washington, DC and New York offices, was quoted by Employment Law 360 on the U.S. Supreme Court case of Gross v. FBL Financial Services Inc., which made it more difficult for workers to show that an employer discriminated against them because of their age.
According to the article, "High Court Hands Employers Win In FBL Age Bias Case," the Supreme Court, in Gross v. FBL Financial Services, ruled against an employee in his mid-50s who accused FBL Financial Services of demoting him for being too old.
The impact of the decision is significant, especially at a time when companies are downsizing amid economic pressure and finding themselves at risk for lawsuits that claim a layoff had a disparate impact on older workers, Gerson pointed out.
"This is an important victory for employers who are faced with many unmeritorious cases that still cost much to litigate," he said.