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November 23, 2006 | Steve Hymon, Times Staff Writer
The Los Angeles City Council voted 10 to 1 on Wednesday to settle with one plaintiff in another lawsuit involving allegations of discrimination by the Fire Department. The $350,000 settlement will go to Gary Mellinger, one of three firefighters who in 2005 filed a lawsuit alleging that they were the subject of age or racial discrimination and subsequently forced from their jobs. The council acted two days after Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa vetoed a $2.
August 8, 2006 | From the Associated Press
IBM Corp. did not commit age discrimination when it changed its pension coverage in the 1990s, a federal appeals court ruled Monday in an influential case that Big Blue had agreed to settle for as much as $1.4 billion if it had lost the appeal. The case involved 140,000 older employees who were affected when IBM converted to a so-called cash-balance plan, which gives workers virtual accounts that can be cashed out for a lump sum when they leave the company.
July 20, 2005 | Jean Guccione, Times Staff Writer
A Los Angeles jury has awarded $20 million to an 85-year-old man who said he was forced to retire as chief physician and surgeon at Lancaster state prison because of his age. The award included $1.6 million in past and future lost earnings, an indication that jurors believed a plaintiff's expert who testified at trial that Dr. Robert Johnson could have worked until he was 96.
May 22, 2005
Regarding "It's Out With the Old as CBS Cancels 4 Shows," (May 19): As one who is well beyond advertisers' desired demographic, CBS' moves to drop their quality shows are taken more as a compliment than age discrimination. Advertisers desire careless spenders. To those of us with kids grown and established, homes paid for and a little security, the fact that advertisers don't consider us sucker bait is a tribute. But where are the quality shows going to come from? Certainly not the networks.
March 31, 2005 | David G. Savage, Times Staff Writer
The Supreme Court on Wednesday gave workers age 40 and older greater rights to sue an employer for age discrimination, even if there was no evidence that such bias was intentional. The 5-3 ruling expands the reach of federal law against age discrimination by opening the door to lawsuits involving rules and requirements that do not mention the age of employees. The decision affects about 75 million workers -- more than half the nation's labor force, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics.
January 14, 2005
In the Jan. 10 story, "Sound of Gunfire Marks the Collision of Two Lives," the reference to Lana Clarkson's age as being a death sentence in Hollywood was truly beneath the level of a newspaper such as the Los Angeles Times. It is easily demonstrated as untrue; blonds over 40 such as Heather Locklear, Madonna and many others are happily in the media with amazing frequency. It is also against state and federal nondiscrimination laws in employment; all persons over the age of 40 are protected in employment unless age is a bona fide disqualifier.
January 6, 2005 | Tom Hamburger and Peter Wallsten, Times Staff Writers
A powerful business lobby is preparing a multimillion-dollar campaign to aid the White House in its quest to win approval for conservative judges, a move that could transform the ideological battles over the federal judiciary and the Supreme Court. The new effort on behalf of some of the nation's biggest manufacturers will increase the cost, visibility and intensity of an already divisive confirmation process, one that has been dominated by social issues.
January 6, 2005 | Scott Gold, Times Staff Writer
Marian P. Opala, a bright and irascible man who lives in Warr Acres, Okla., near Oklahoma City, was recently passed over for a top management position. He thinks he knows why -- he's 83 years old. As a result, he has filed a lawsuit alleging age discrimination. At that point, his legal action takes an unusual turn that distinguishes it from legions of others filed each year.
October 9, 2004 | From Bloomberg News
Allstate Corp. discriminated against older agents when it fired 6,200 employees in 2000, the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission said in a lawsuit. The insurer denied any wrongdoing. The suit was filed in U.S. District Court in St. Louis. Allstate, based in Northbrook, Ill., eliminated all of its employee-agents in 2000 and offered to rehire them as independent contractors with fewer benefits.
August 8, 2004
I was a programmer for nearly 20 years, during the 1980s and '90s ("Tech Bust Zaps Interest in Computer Careers," July 20). Virtually no one I know from that era is still working as a software developer. They've either been driven out by the ever- increasing intensity of the work, by foreign outsourcing or by age discrimination. Knowing what I know now, I can't imagine recommending software development as a career. The work is mind-numbingly intense, the salaries peak fairly quickly, and you're essentially washed up by your mid-40s.
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