Baltimore County Will Pay $5.4 Million to Settle Long-Running EEOC Age Discrimination Lawsuit

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Court Ruled That County Forced Employees Hired at Older Ages to Pay More for Pensions

Join me as I read the 4/24/20 Baltimore Field Office news bulletin regarding the longest standing lawsuit on the EEOC docket which started in 2007. This suit is about a federal age discrimination lawsuit with Baltimore County over employee pension contribution rates based on age.

Baltimore County will pay approximately $5.4 million to over 2,000 county employees to resolve a federal age discrimination lawsuit that took 13 years to find a resolution. Employees contribution rates were based on age at entry into the retirement system, with older employees paying higher rates than younger members for the same benefits.

The Age Discrimination in Employment Act (ADEA) prohibits discrimination based on age, including with respect to fringe benefits such as pensions. Two county correctional officers filed discrimination charges with the EEOC. In 2007, the EEOC filed suit (EEOC v. Baltimore County et al., Civil Action No. 1:07-cv-2500-RDB) in U.S. District Court for the District of Maryland, Northern Division, after first attempting to reach a pre-litigation settlement through its conciliation process.

Notes on Age Discrimination

Employer Coverage – 20 or more employees

Time Limits


Baltimore EEOC 4/24/20 Press Release

Facts About Age Discrimination

Age Regulations

29 C.F.R Part 1625: Age Discrimination in Employment Act

Note that section 1625.7 has been superseded by Final Rule: Disparate Impact and Reasonable Factors Other Than Age Under the Age Discrimination in Employment Act (RFOA)

29 C.F.R Part 1626: Procedures–Age Discrimination in Employment Act

29 C.F.R Part 1627: Records to be made or kept relating to age: notices to be posted: administrative exemptions

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