FEDS OVER 40 CATCH A BREAK
The Trump Administration tried to slash federal employee rights to fight age discrimination, but on April 6, 2020 the Supreme Court slapped them down hard. The Trumpetteers wanted to force feds to have to prove that age discrimination was the ONLY reason an agency took an adverse action or denied a fed a benefit. The Court tossed that view in the dumpster and held that it is illegal discrimination if age played ANY role in the decision. So, even if an agency can prove that a younger promotion candidate had a quality the over 40 employee did not, the selection would be illegal if age played a lesser role in the selection decision.