Friday, February 24, 2006

Seventh Circuit Allows EEOC To Proceed with Age Bias Claims Against Law Firm

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the 7th Circuit has ruled that the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) has authority to obtain monetary relief for partners expelled from the law firm of Sidley Austin because of their age. In EEOC v. Sidley Austin, 7th Cir. No. 06-8002, the court held that the EEOC may obtain monetary relief in the case as well as injunctions and that, despite Sidley Austin's claims, there was no bar because the EEOC's "enforcement authority is not derivative of the legal rights of individuals even when it is seeking to make them whole."

Source: News Release U.S. EEOC (February 17, 2006)

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