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Department of Corrections to pay $724,000

U.S. District Court Judge Paul A. Magnuson (at right) has ordered the Minnesota Department of Corrections to pay $724,000 to resolve an age discrimination lawsuit.

The payments will be made to 35 claimants who were denied employer contributions for retiree health and dental insurance because they were older than 55 when they retired. The DOC must also offer to pay future premium costs for persons who would still be entitled to receive them but for an unlawful early retirement provision.

In the lawsuit against the DOC, the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission contended that the incentive plans contained in collective bargaining agreements for DOC employees violate the ADEA because they facially discriminate based upon age.

In an order issued on April 8, 2010, Magnuson agreed. Last week, the judge ruled on the damages to be paid by the DOC.

The decision is EEOC v. Minnesota Department of Corrections, et al.

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