January 14, 2011

Discharge of older worker, but not younger worker with whom he fought, upheld; discharge due to history of altercations, not age bias

Discharge of older worker, but not younger worker with whom he fought, upheld; discharge due to history of altercations, not age bias
Source: Adjunct Law Prof Blog; http://lawprofessors.typepad.com/adjunctprofs/
Reproduced with permission. Copyright © 2011, Mitchell H. Rubinstein, Esq., Adjunct Professor of Law, St. Johns Law School and New York Law School, All rights reserved.

The 7th Circuit recently held that the lower court properly granted judgment as a matter of law on the age discrimination claim of a plant employee who was fired after several heated disputes with his coworkers.Runyon v Applied Extrusion Techs, Inc, ____F.3d____(7th Cir. August 30, 2010).

Although a younger coworker who was involved in an altercation with the employee was not fired, the Seventh agreed with the district court that there was no evidence the employer’s action was motivated by age.

Mitchell H. Rubinstein

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