A 62-year-old executive in Atlanta cannot sue his former employer under New York City or New York state age discrimination laws because his job and the decision to terminate him were only tangentially connected to New York, the state Court of Appeals decided by a 4-3 margin on Thursday.

The age discrimination case, Hoffman v. Parade Publications, 132, centered on Howard Hoffman’s attempt to bring a claim under New York City and state Human Rights laws that he was improperly terminated in 2007 because of his age. Both laws deem it an “unlawful discriminatory practice” for an employer to discharge an employee because of age.