A Maryland judge ruled that the pension system for Baltimore County employees is discriminatory in nature, due to the fact that older workers are required to contribute more into it than younger workers, according to the Baltimore Sun. The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) argued that the pay disparity into the pension was in violation of the Age Discrimination in Employment Act, and U.S. District Judge Benson Everett Legg agreed.
A change to the county’s pension system went into effect on July 1, 2007—all workers hired after that date paid a flat rate into the pension system, where as employees hired before that paid based on their age. Contribution into the pension system is mandatory.
“Older employees felt the impact of this discrimination in every paycheck,” said Debra Lawrence, an attorney representing the EEOC. “Because more money is taken out of older employees’ paychecks to fund their retirement benefits, they receive less pay than younger employees doing the same job. With the court’s decision, we are putting an end to this unlawful practice.”
Kelsuk, Silverstein & Jacob—Los Angeles age discrimination attorneys