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Age-bias: Six-years-or-less difference destroys claim

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A 54-year-old supervisor's management duties were handed to a 48-year-old employee. The supervisor sued under the Age Discrimina-tion in Employment Act. A federal appeals court tossed out the case. Reason: The employee wasn't replaced by a "significantly younger" person. To help other courts decide this issue, the court reviewed more than 60 cases to set a standard on what constitutes a significant age difference: "In the absence of direct evidence that the employer considered age to be significant, an age difference of six years or less between an employee and a replacement is not significant." (Grosjean v. First Energy Corp., No. 02-3361, 6th Cir., 2003)

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