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Applicants Can Sue PricewaterhouseCoopers for Unintended Age Bias

Feb. 21, 2017, 4:15 AM

PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP must defend against claims by a proposed class of rejected 40-and-over job seekers, a federal judge in California ruled. The applicants say the accounting giant’s hiring and other employment practices inadvertently favor younger applicants and deter older ones (Rabin v. PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP, 2017 BL 49868, N.D. Cal., No. 16-cv-02276, 2/17/17).

The decision rejects an opposing conclusion reached in October by the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit but embraces the view of the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission. It also signals a potential showdown among federal courts as to who may bring such “disparate impact” ...

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