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Martino v. MCI Communications Services, Inc., No. 08-2405, 7th Cir., July 28, 2009

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Termination for Obsolete Skill Set Does Not Constitute Age Discrimination.

Ogletree Deakins • August 13, 2009
The Age Discrimination in Employment Act (ADEA) prohibits employers from treating employees who are 40 or older adversely on the basis of their age. Recently, however, the 7th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals held that an employee’s “obsolete skill set” which caused him to be of “declining value” to the company was sufficient basis to support an that individual’s termination during a reduction in force (RIF), and found that the termination did not constitute age discrimination.
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