Appeals Court Sets Hearing In Boeing Age Suit

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

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Friday, March 16, 2012

A federal appeals court has scheduled arguments May 10 in an age discrimination lawsuit brought by former Boeing workers after the 2005 sale of its commercial airplane operations in Kansas and Oklahoma.

The 10th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals filed notice of the date for arguments Thursday.

The workers are appealing a 2010 ruling by U.S. District Judge Eric Melgren that sided with The Boeing Co. and Spirit AeroSystems. Spirit was created from the spinoff of Boeing's commercial airplane
operations in the two states.

Ninety former Boeing workers filed suit claiming they lost their jobs because of their age. The litigation was later granted conditional class-action status.

Melgren granted summary judgment to the companies, finding there was too little evidence to put the case before a jury.

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