Supreme Court Denies Sidley Austin's Appeal of EEOC's Age Suit

In a closely watched case brought by the US Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) against the law firm Sidley Austin Brown & Wood, the US Supreme Court has denied Sidley's petition for high court review of the EEOC's ability to pursue monetary damages in its ongoing age discrimination suit against the firm.

Press coverage here. EEOC press release here.

The Court's decision to deny Sidley's request for review means that the question of the EEOC's ability to seek such relief will continue to be governed by the Seventh Circuit's previous decision confirming the EEOC's authority to seek individual relief such as money and reinstatement for partners who were downgraded from partner status by the firm in 1999 and others forced out because of an age-based retirement policy.