Workers angry over ruling tossing age bias lawsuit
WICHITA, Kan. (AP) - Angry workers are questioning a judge's decision to toss out their age discrimination lawsuit against The Boeing Co. and Spirit AeroSystems.
The lawsuit was filed in the wake of Boeing's 2005 sale of its commercial airplane operations in Kansas and Oklahoma.
U.S. District Judge Eric Melgren in Wichita summarily ruled earlier this week in favor of the two aerospace companies.
The workers who spearheaded the class-action suit said Friday they may appeal. They say there's an appearance of bias because the judge once represented Boeing on tax matters.
Melgren was a partner in Foulston Siefkin LLP before leaving the firm in 2002 to become U.S. attorney for Kansas.
Melgren refused last year to step down from the Boeing lawsuit, saying he no longer had a financial interest in the law firm.