August 27, 2012
A federal appeals court panel has sided with The Boeing Co. and Spirit AeroSystems in an age discrimination lawsuit. The lawsuit was filed by 90 former Boeing workers after the 2005 sale of its commercial airplane operations in Kansas and Oklahoma.
The 10th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals ruled Monday that while employees showed discrimination occurred during the sale, the workers cannot prove a pattern existed.
The panel also found the hiring practices did not unfairly hurt older workers. The court agreed employees cannot show the companies intended to interfere with their attainment of pension benefits.
The workers had appealed a 2010 ruling by U.S. District Judge Eric Melgren granting summary judgment to the companies. He found there was too little evidence to put the case before a jury.