The Eaton Neck Fire Department agreed to settle an EEOC age discrimination suit that challenged the department’s practice of not allowing the time firefighters serve after their 65th birthdays to count toward length-of-service awards.
And those awards are critical to firefighters because they’re used to calculate pension benefits.
The plaintiffs argued the practice violated the Age Discrimination in Employment Act (ADEA) because it was based solely on age. The ADEA protects workers age 40 or older against discriminatory practices, including those affecting pension benefits.
Under the settlement, the department will amend its pension practices and pay $213,840 to 15 firefighters affected by the practice.
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