21 May 2012

Delay to American Samoa age discrimination class action

10:45 am on 21 May 2012

A settlement conference hearing between the US Equal Employment Opportunity Commission and the American Samoan government over age discriminaton claims has been moved to February next year.

The Commission last year filed a lawsuit against the government on behalf of public servants in American Samoa who believe they've been discriminated against because of their age.

A lawyer with the Commission, Mike Farrell, says the court ordered a settlement conference for this month but it's been pushed back as the government's legal representatives plan to raise some legal issues.

He says in the meantime the Commission has no reason to believe that the American Samoan government has stopped the practices it's accused of.