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Authors

Lisa E. Meyer

Abstract

The Note argues that a standard is needed to judge the "voluntariness" of early retirement incentives under the Age Discrimination in Employment Act. It examines the need for clear guidelines to evaluate the voluntariness of early retirement incentives in light of their increasing use in a society that is growing older and retiring earlier. The author discusses the aims and prohibitions of ADEA, and the procedure by which plaintiffs can establish a prima facie case of age discrimination. The author proposes that the "knowing and voluntary" standard used to determine the validity of common law releases of duty serves as an appropriate model on which to evaluate the voluntariness of early retirement incentives.

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