Supreme Court Turns To Internet Meme For Help In Age Bias Case – By Kevin Daley (Daily Caller) / Jan 15 2020
Though few institutions in public life are as removed from internet meme culture as the U.S. Supreme Court, a cutting rejoinder popular in social media made an appearance during a Wednesday case about an age discrimination statute.
Chief Justice John Roberts wondered if the phrase “OK, boomer,” popular among young people as a dig at baby boomers, might be enough to prove actionable bias against older workers. He expressed concerns that such an expansive theory would chill speech.
“The hiring person is younger and says, you know, ‘OK, boomer’ once to the applicant,” Roberts postulated, to laughter in the courtroom. “Is that actionable?”
“I’m just wondering if your position is going to become just a regulation of speech in the workplace,” the chief justice added.
Roberts, born in 1955, is himself a baby boomer and will turn 65 later this month.
Chief Justice John Roberts, Justice Stephen Breyer and Justice Elena Kagan are pictured on Jan. 30, 2018. (Win McNamee/Getty Images)
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