In considering an employment discrimination lawsuit brought by an electrical engineer claiming he was laid off due to his age, the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court held that it is possible various level managers furthered a discriminatory corporate policy without knowingly doing so.

The court considered a case involving claims brought by Mark A. Adams against his former employer, Schneider Electric, alleging that his age was a factor in a 2017 layoff and that the company allegedly had a strategy for reducing the number of older employees by replacing them with recent college graduates, among other allegations, according to the court’s June 21 opinion.