Supreme Court rules Kentucky's retirement system does not discriminate against older workers - WDRB 41 Louisville News

Supreme Court rules Kentucky's retirement system does not discriminate against older workers

The Supreme Court has ruled that Kentucky's retirement system does not discriminate against older workers.

The court, in a 5-4 ruling, says the retirement system reasonably takes age and length of service into account when structuring benefits for disabled workers who are eligible for retirement.

Workers who become disabled once they are eligible to retire receive their regular retirement pensions, but not disability payments.

An employee complained that the state's plan is set up so two employees who become disabled, each with the same total time of service but of different ages, could receive dramatically different benefits.

A federal appeals court ruled that the plan was discriminatory because it deprives employees older than 55 of an employment benefit because of their age. The high court reversed that ruling Thursday.

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