Reversing a previous decision, the 2nd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals has held that laid off workers claiming disparate treatment due to age must meet the high burden of demonstrating that their termination was unreasonable.

The circuit, in a 2-1 opinion written by Judge Dennis Jacobs and joined by Judge Joseph M. McLaughlin, overturned a jury verdict that awarded $6 million in damages to 17 former employees of the Knolls Atomic Power Laboratory near Albany in an age discrimination lawsuit. Judge Rosemary Pooler dissented.

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