23 Dec 2011

American Samoa age dispute to go to settlement conference

1:19 pm on 23 December 2011

A federal judge in Honolulu has ordered a settlement conference, using a mediation format, in the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission's age discrimination lawsuit against the American Samoa Government.

The judge has at the same time scheduled a jury trial for 13 months from now.

The Commission filed a suit four months ago against the government and its Department of Human Resources, alleging they had contravened the federal Age Discrimination in Employment Act.

In one of the cases that prompted the action, a government worker was allegedly told she was being re-assigned, not long after a staff meeting where workers, 50 years old and over, were told to consider retirement or working in the private sector.