Long Island Firefighters Settle Age Discrimination Suit

A group of Firefighters who brought a suite alleging age discrimination have settled their claims against three Long Island villages, and the Bayville Fire Department.

The group’s suit, which was brought on their behalf by the EEOC, claimed that they were unfairly discriminated against in that any firefighter over the age of 65 was not entitled to accrue any credits into their retirement funds past 65.

The EEOC argued that this was discriminatory, in that they were doing much of the same work as younger employees, but for some reason barred from receiving credit towards their retirement.

The parties settled for around $200,000, as well as a guarantee that their pension plans would be compensated for time that had not accrued because of their age.