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Age discrimination lawsuit against Chiefs revived

The Missouri Supreme Court decided Tuesday to vacate a Jackson County jury’s decision that said the Chiefs did not engage in age discrimination in firing Steve Cox in 2013.
The Missouri Supreme Court decided Tuesday to vacate a Jackson County jury’s decision that said the Chiefs did not engage in age discrimination in firing Steve Cox in 2013.

An age discrimination lawsuit filed against the Chiefs has been revived.

On Tuesday, the Missouri Supreme Court vacated a Jackson County jury’s decision in 2013 that the NFL organization did not discriminate against a former employee when he was fired.

Steve Cox, formerly a maintenance manager for the Chiefs, claimed he was terminated in 2010 because of his age. Cox, who was 61 at the time, says he was told that it was because of poor performance.

The Chiefs claimed during the original trial that Cox was fired after he went against the wishes of a supervisor and gave an employee a pay raise.

The jury sided with the Chiefs two years ago, but the Supreme Court judges overturned the trial court’s ruling on the grounds that it was wrong for the court to preclude 20 other former employees from testifying that they also lost their jobs because they were older.

Their testimony was originally ruled inadmissible by the trial court on the grounds that the employees were directly fired or forced out by different managers and worked in different departments, and were not “similarly situated” to Cox.

The Missouri Supreme Court remanded the case, or sent it back to trial court for reconsideration.

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