No Age Bias in Demoting 51-Year-Old Employee for Lack of Accounting Experience

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Former employees alleging age discrimination have the burden to prove the employment decision in question hinged on their age. In a recent case arising in Nebraska, the U.S. 8th Circuit Court of Appeals (which has jurisdiction over employment claims arising in the state) found the federal trial court in Omaha had properly dismissed the age claims raised by a 51-year-old woman. While restructuring its financial department, the employer demoted the employee because she lacked accounting experience, after which she ultimately resigned.

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Lana Starkey worked for Amber Pharmacy from September 2001 until

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