The New York State Bar Association (NYSBA) has called on law firms to stop discriminating against lawyers based on age. The timing of the NYSBA’s announcement comes on the heels of the settlement Kelley Drye recently reached with the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) over the EEOC’s claims the firm discriminated against one of its lawyers.
In that case, a Kelley Drye partner surd the firm over its mandatory retirement policy, which mandated that when a lawyer turned 70, the firm “de-equitizes” him. In 2010, the EEOC brought the suit on the partner’s behalf, claiming the policy violated the Age Discrimination in Employment Act. The firm settled with the EEOC last week.