The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) has filed a lawsuit against the Murphy School District No. 21 in Phoenix for unlawfully implementing an early retirement incentive plan which grants greater economic benefits to younger retirees based upon their age.

"Early retirement incentive plans like this which are facially age-discriminatory need to be changed," said EEOC Regional Attorney Mary Jo O'Neill.  "People in their 60s should not be penalized merely because they want to continue working." 

The EEOC filed suit, EEOC v. Murphy School District No. 21, (CV 14-00721-PHX-SRB), in U.S. District Court for the District of Arizona after it was unable to reach a settlement with the school district. 

The agency is seeking monetary relief, which will include the amount of money a retiree should have received absent the discrimination, with pre-judgment interest, and liquidated damages.  The EEOC is also seeking an injunction prohibiting future discrimination and any further discriminatory practices.