Judge blocks appeal in Boeing age discrimination lawsuit

April 9, 2015 7:55 PM

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A nine-year legal battle waged by former aircraft workers who claim they lost their jobs because of their age may to have come to an end after a federal judge blocked their attorney from appealing the court's dismissal of their remaining claims because the paperwork was filed too late.

The age discrimination lawsuit was sparked by Boeing's sale in 2005 of its Wichita commercial operations to the parent company of Spirit AeroSystems. The workers sued Boeing and Spirit AeroSystems alleging the new owners did not hire the older workers to prevent them from gaining pension benefits.

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