The U.S. Court of Appeals for the 7th Circuit affirmed the dismissal of a suit accusing Indiana’s Lake County of violating the Age Discrimination in Employment Act by firing workers over the age of 65 whose insurance premiums threatened to destroy its budget. The court determined the age of the workers was incidental to their firing. The unanimous 7th Circuit panel held that the retirement-age participation in the Medicare supplemental insurance program the county had offered for free to current workers was the true reason for their termination.
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Transgender bathroom rights have been in the spotlight this year. The nation’s schools have been grappling with the issue of which locker rooms should transgender students be allowed to use. Businesses have also been drawn into the issue as they try to avoid gender discrimination in the workplace. Target stores recently made a public statement that it was allowing people to use the bathroom that corresponds with their gender identity. While some businesses are following the Target lead on this issue, other businesses are hesitant to take a public stance.