Age discrimination claim sent to jury
The Sixth Circuit recently held that Jarrett Hamilton's age discrimination claim against General Electric should go to the jury for decision. Judge Griffin dissenting, the panel reversed the trial court and reinstated the case to give Hamilton his "day in court". Hamilton had worked for GE since 1974 with only three or four minor disciplinary issues prior to 2004. He claimed that from 2004 on, however, the plant manager mounted a crusade to push him out, culminated in his firing in 2005 over a disputed lunch room incident. The majority of the Court concluded that applying the proper legal standard, Hamilton's claim was viable if the jury accepted his version of the facts, and therefore the case should be decided by the jury and not by a judge.