Astoria Federal Savings and Loan Association v. Solimino

501 U.S. 104 (1991)

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Astoria Federal Savings and Loan Association v. Solimino

United States Supreme Court
501 U.S. 104 (1991)

Facts

Angelo Solimino (plaintiff) filed an age-discrimination claim against his former employer, Astoria Federal Savings and Loan Association (Astoria) (defendant), with the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) after he was fired from his job at age 63. The EEOC referred the matter to the New York State Division of Human Rights (state agency), and a hearing was held at which the state agency found no probable cause for Solimino’s claim. The state agency’s ruling was affirmed by its appeals board, and Solimino filed a lawsuit against Astoria in federal district court pursuant to the Age Discrimination in Employment Act of 1976 (Age Act). The district court found that Solimino’s claim was precluded by administrative estoppel and granted summary judgment to Astoria. On Solimino’s appeal, the Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit reversed on the grounds that the Age Act did not intend for administrative proceedings to preclude federal litigation. The United States Supreme Court granted certiorari.

Rule of Law

Issue

Holding and Reasoning (Souter, J.)

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