These towns and their respective fire departments will pay lost pension benefits to a class of firefighters.
According to the EEOC, from the early 1990s to the late 2000s, the defendant fire departments did not allow volunteer firefighters to accrue credit towards a retirement pension because of their age. The eight firefighters were 60 or 62 years old.
EEOC Trial Attorney Michael O’Brien said, “The brave men and women who volunteered to fight fires deserve to be treated equally, without regard to age. We welcome the decision to settle this case in a way that ensures that these firefighters, who do heroic work, do not receive different retirement benefits simply because of their age.”