Jack Gross’ case set a precedent. The insurance manager sued—and won—for age discrimination in Iowa after he was demoted in 2003. But later, the Supreme Court reversed the decision, stating that Gross now had to cite substantial evidence that his age was the decisive factor in his demotion. The Court’s ruling made it much harder for Gross, and everyone else, to prove a case of age discrimination in the workplace.
That’s too bad, because if you talk to any employee over the age of 55, you will hear that discrimination is alive and well. For tips on how to spot and fight it in your workplace, head over to my column at the AMEX OPEN Forum.