In New York, the law firm of Kelley Drye & Warren, will end its policy of requiring partners to give up their ownership interest in the firm once they reach 70 years old and have agreed to pay $574,000 to an attorney who continued to practice at the firm after he turned 70.  According to the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC), the law firm’s old policy held that attorneys who wanted to practice after 70 years old could only do so by giving up all ownership interest in the firm.  These individuals would then be compensated through discretionary bonuses. However, this was in violation of the Age Discrimination in Employment Act (ADEA), which prohibits discrimination based on age, including in compensation.  See

Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 makes it illegal to discriminate against someone on the basis of race, color, religion, national origin, or sex. It is unlawful to discriminate against any employee or applicant for employment because of his/her race or color in regard to hiring, termination, promotion, compensation, job training, or any other term, condition, or privilege of employment. Please visit the EEOC’s website for more information: www.eeoc.gov/policy/vii.html.

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