NJ troopers challenge retirement age

    One hundred twenty New Jersey troopers are fighting to work past the mandatory retirement age of 55. The troopers have filed a lawsuit against the state.

    One hundred twenty New Jersey troopers are fighting to work past the mandatory retirement age of 55. The troopers have filed a lawsuit against the state.

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    Similar challenges in New York, Massachusetts, and Kentucky have been successful. William Buckman represents the troopers in the class action suit. He says with people living longer, it doesn’t make sense to force retirement at such an early age, and that the proof is borne out in other departments.

    Buckman: “Most local and regional police departments in the state of New Jersey have a much higher forced retirement age.”

    The Pennsylvania Supreme Court upheld its retirement age in 1987. Troopers in the Commonwealth must retire at sixty.  The New Jersey Attorney General’s Office did not return calls for comment.

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