SCOTUS: ADEA Applies to Government Employers of All Sizes

A unanimous U.S. Supreme Court ruled in Mount Lemmon Fire District v. Guido that all government employers of any sizes must abide by the Age Discrimination in Employment Act.

The plaintiffs in the case had been terminated from career jobs with a special district in Arizona that employs fewer than 20 people. At the time they were let go, both men were older than 45 and had worked for the firefighting group for nine years. They maintained that their ages were the main reason district managers ended their employment.

The defendant had argued that it did not meet the definition of an employer under the ADEA. Writing for the Court, Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg noted that special districts must be bound by the same rules as their parent agencies because each district qualifies as an “agent” of the larger employer.

SCOTUSblog presents an easy-to-understand breakdown of the decision. More details about the case can be found on Oyez.