Law: Discrimination Begins at 40

Older employees invoke a federal law to fight for their jobs

Harold Keane's personnel file contained nothing but plaudits. But when a new boss took over, he wanted his own people and told Keane: "We're reorganizing, and there's no place for you." Keane, 47, a $41,000-a-year director of budgets and administration for Amtrak in Washington, D.C., was dismissed and replaced by a man of 28. Says Keane: "I wasn't going to let them get away with it." With the help of his lawyer, Joseph Guerrieri, he sued Amtrak under the 1967 Age Discrimination in Employment Act, which forbids age-based firings of workers...

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