Important New Second Circuit ADEA Decision: Meacham v. Knolls Atomic Power Laboratory

December 3, 2004 Advisory

The United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit recently issued a significant decision in <i>Meacham v. Knolls Atomic Power Laboratory</i> interpreting the application of the federal Age Discrimination in Employment Act ("ADEA") to employers' downsizing programs. The decision underscores the necessity that employers carefully plan for and implement reduction-in-force programs in order to ensure that they do not have a disparate impact upon older workers.