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Several applicants over age 40 complained to the EEOC about age bias after they were turned down for admission to a maritime training apprenticeship program. The EEOC sued the program and its union for age discrimination, saying the program only accepted applications from people age 17 to 35. The union countered by claiming the Age Discrimination in Employment Act (ADEA) didn't apply to all apprenticeships. But a federal appeals court sided with the applicants, saying the ADEA extends to all apprenticeship programs, including those created by joint labor-management organizations. (EEOC v. Seafarers Intl., No. 03-2057, 4th Cir., Jan. 7, 2005)

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