Thursday, August 10, 2006

Maryland District Court Rules Waiver-For-Severance Deal Violates ADEA and Title VII

In a shocker, Judge Titus ruled in EEOC v. Lockheed Martin Corp, that Lockheed Martin's offer of severance in exchange for a full waiver of claims violated the ADEA and Title VII as a matter of law. Lockheed eliminated several positions as a result of a merger. It offered those losing their jobs severance benefits in exchange for a complete release of claims. Judge Titus ruled that Lockheed's could not "provide [severance] only to employees who refrain from protected activity."

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