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NIXON PEABODY LABOR & EMPLOYMENT TEAM SECURE GROUNDBREAKING AGE DISCRIMINATION DECISION
Congratulations to Maggie Clemens and John Higgins for their precedent-setting legal work in Meacham v. KAPL, Inc. Following remand by the U.S. Supreme Court, Maggie and John convinced the Second Circuit Court of Appeals to overturn a 2000 jury verdict that had awarded nearly $6 million in damages to a class of employees laid-off in 1995 from Knolls Atomic Power Laboratory (KAPL). The employees claimed their layoffs were the result of age discrimination.
Maggie and John represented KAPL and its parent company, Lockheed Martin, and John Freeh, former KAPL General Manager, before the Court of Appeals and the Supreme Court. John also served as lead counsel during the trial. The groundbreaking decision by the Court dismisses adverse impact age discrimination claims, and provides a roadmap for employers in New York and elsewhere going through or considering workforce reductions.