The Supreme Court’s first major opinion of the term has been released and the oldest member of the court was chosen to write it.
The 8-0 decision (Kavanaugh was not on the court when arguments were heard) was on age discrimination, making Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg the perfect choice.
The subject at hand was language in the Age Discrimination Act of 1967.
The legislation applied to employers who were either a person or entity with 20+ employees.
In addition, it also referred to a state or a political subdivision of a state.
The disagreement came regarding the government part of the language.
Specifically, whether a government division with less than 20 employees should be held to the stipulations in the Act.
At stake was the future of two firemen from the Mount Lemmon Fire District.
This is considered a political subdivision of the Arizona government.
The men, John Guido (then 46) and Dennis Rankin (54), were laid off by the department.
After being laid off, they sued, claiming age discrimination.
However, the fire district stated they were too small of an organization and did not fall under the stipulations of the ADEA.
Justice Ginsburg, 85, and the rest of the Justices on the Supreme Court unanimously ruled in favor of the two firemen, agreeing that such vital services, regardless of size, would fall under the protection of this legislation.
“For 30 years, the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission has consistently interpreted the ADEA as we do today,” Ginsburg wrote in the opinion.
“And a majority of States forbid age discrimination by political subdivisions of any size… No untoward services shrinkages shave been documented,” she continued.
This is now the third straight year that Ginsburg has been selected to pen the first official opinion of the Supreme Court of the United States of America.