An age discrimination suit against a New York law firm, Kelley Drye, brought by the EEOC has been settled for $570,000. The suit claimed that the law firm discriminated against lawyers older than 70 by stripping them of the ownership interests and management rights and reducing their pay to a discretionary annual bonus. The law firm, in addition to paying $570,000 to its former partner, Eugene D'Ablemont, agreed that it would no longer reduce partner compensation solely based on age and would require its members to undergo two hours of age discrimination training each year.
Many large law firms have suffered substantial declines in revenue during the economic slowdown that began in 2008, and, as a result, have looked -- like a lot of other businesses -- to cut staff. Reductions in force are lawful, of course, but cannot be made based on age or other unlawful criteria. Age discrimination in employment violates both federal and Kentucky state law.
Lexington, Kentucky age discrimination lawyer Robert Abell represents employees in age discrimination cases; contact him at 859-254-7076.