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Adams v. Ameritech Services, Inc.
United States Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit
231 F.3d 414 (2000)
Kim Adams and other former employees (the former employees) (plaintiffs) sued Ameritech Services, Inc. (ASI) and Indiana Bell Telephone Company (Indiana Bell) (defendants) for claims including age discrimination. The former employees alleged that ASI and Indiana Bell had terminated them shortly before their pension rights vested. The former employees presented evidence including a statistical analysis that showed a correlation between the termination decisions and the employees’ ages. Specifically, the statistical analysis showed a difference not due to chance in how ASI and Indiana Bell treated employees over age 40 and employees under age 40. However, the statistical evidence did not include a multiple-regression analysis that would have shown more clearly whether age was the deciding factor in the termination decisions. The district court found that the statistical evidence was insufficient to prove the former employees’ case and granted summary judgment for ASI and Indiana Bell. The former employees appealed to the United States Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit.
Rule of Law
Holding and Reasoning (Wood, J.)
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