High Court to Weigh "Age Bias"

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The U.S. Supreme Court said Monday that it would consider workplace protections for older employees. The high court plans to take up a case that could make age bias suits tougher to prove.

Justices will consider an appeal from police officers in Jackson to decide if older employees have rights similar to those of minorities when it comes to discrimination claims.

The case pits the city of Jackson against officers over age 40 who contend they were harmed by a new pay policy. The officers lost in a lower court.

Under a federal law, people over age 40 are protected from age bias at work.

The Supreme Court will consider whether that 1967 law permits lawsuits on grounds that an employer's action has a disproportionate impact on older workers.

Justices already have settled that impact suits are allowed under the 1964 Civil Rights Act, which bans discrimination based on a worker's sex, religion or race.