The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, which is suing Sidley Austin Brown & Wood for age discrimination, has moved to disqualify the law firm’s defense counsel from representing a former firm administrator who described a mandatory partner retirement policy in a 1999 letter to the Social Security Administration.

In the letter, then-financial director William B. White wrote on firm letterhead: “Please be advised that it is the general policy of [Sidley Austin] not to permit a partner of the firm to continue as a partner commencing the first of the year following the year age 65 is reached.”

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