In a recent federal court ruling, it was found that Baltimore County’s pension system discriminated against older workers by requiring them to contribute more towards retirement than younger workers. As reported by the Baltimore Sun:
U.S. District Judge Benson Everett Legg sided with the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, finding that the county system violates the Age Discrimination in Employment Act. It is unclear what the financial impact on the county could be because the court has not determined damages in the case.
The EEOC, which announced the decision Monday, sued the county in 2007 on behalf of two retired corrections officers. At the time, the plan covered 9,500 active employees and 6,600 retirees.
The county changed its pension system in 2007 so that workers hired after July 1 of that year contributed to the retirement system at a flat rate not based on their age at hiring. The lawsuit was filed on behalf of employees hired before that date.