Age Discrimination in Madigan v. Levin Essay

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The Supreme Court case to be closely followed and reviewed for class this semester is Madigan v. Levin. This is a case of the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Illinois. Lisa Madigan is the petitioner, with Harvey N. Levin being the respondent. On Monday, March 18, 2013, the case was granted and on Monday, October 7, 2013, it was argued. (OYEZ, Inc., 2013)
Facts of the Case: This is a case of age discrimination. On September 5, 2000, Harvey N. Levin was hired as an Illinois Assistant District Attorney, but was then terminated a little under six years later on May 12, 2006. Being that Levin was over the age of sixty, Levin believed this firing was due to his gender and age. To support Levin’s point, a female …show more content…

This case seemed to be simply put, but it was as if the counsel for the petitioner Michael A. Scodro could not comprehend this completely.
In this case, a group of law professors filed an amicus brief, with the argument that jurisdiction was lacking by the Seventh Circuit to decide on the issue at hand. The oral argument began with Scodro, and it seemed as if the entire time the counsel was talking the Justices were bored and somewhat annoyed with even having to hear this argument. There were many instances where Scodro was cut off and it was apparent that the Court was fairly over this case before the argument was even heard.
Scodro began the petitioners argument by saying, “Congress has crafted a comprehensive body of administrative and judicial procedures and remedies that are tailored specifically to combatting discrimination against older workers.” (OYEZ, Inc., 2013), to which Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg produced the question, “What authority did the Seventh Circuit have to deal with the question under the Age Discrimination Act?” (OYEZ, Inc., 2013). It was later decided that the Seventh Circuit did not have any authority with the question brought forth. Scodro began to cite cases, but was soon shot down by the Court.
Without giving a rundown of the entire oral argument, because it all ended up making the entire case seem

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