‘OK Boomer’ makes its way into Supreme Court during age discrimination case

first_imgdkfielding/iStock(WASHINGTON) — From the twittersphere to the Supreme Court.“OK boomer” made its way into America’s highest court on Wednesday as the justices were hearing a case on age discrimination.Chief Justice John Roberts uttered the phrase — a dig intended for the baby boomer generation — that took Twitter by storm.Roberts was asking whether or not a young hiring employee saying “OK boomer” to an older prospective employee could be the basis for a discrimination claim, according to a transcript of the hearing.The transcript notes laughter broke out after Roberts said the words.The lawyer at the podium, Roman Martinez, responds wondering whether or not it was just a “stray comment” or if it affected the decision making process.“You know, using ethnic slurs or, you know, calling people ‘boomer’ or saying unflattering things about them in age when considering them for a position, then, yes, of course,” Martinez continued on whether or not action could be taken because of the phrase.A back-and-forth between Roberts and Martinez then ensued, with Martinez ultimately saying that if it was determined that the “statement reflected was one of the factors going into this decision, I think it absolutely would be covered.”The case at the Supreme Court involved a Department of Veteran Affairs employee who sued the VA and said her bosses discriminated against her based on her age and gender.The high court heard arguments regarding the case to determine what an older federal employee must prove to show they were discriminated against because of their age and bring a lawsuit to court under the Age Discrimination in Employment Act.It’s not the first time the viral phrase has made its way into the judiciary system.In New Zealand, a 25-year-old member of parliament, Chlöe Swarbrick, used the phrase when speaking on climate change.“In the year 2050 I will be 56 years old. Yet right now the average age of this 52nd Parliament is 49 years old,” Swarbrick said as someone off camera was heard heckling her.Without missing a beat, Swarbrick hit back with “OK boomer” and continued on. Copyright © 2020, ABC Audio. All rights reserved.last_img read more

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BGF invests £7.7m in Cooplands expansion

first_imgSource: CooplandsBelinda Youngs, Cooplands CEOGrowth capital investor BGF has boosted the coffers of Cooplands by £7.7m, with the Yorkshire-headquartered bakery chain set for further expansion.The latest figure adds to the £8.5m BGF invested in Cooplands three years ago. Since then the chain has grown to 170 stores, 12 cafes and 36 sandwich vans.Cooplands has opened seven new stores since March 2020 and plans to roll out an additional 30 outlets a year in locations such as South Yorkshire, as well as expanding further in its current geographical footprint.“We’re ambitious about continuing to grow our business and this investment allows us to build on the strong progress we’ve already made,” said Belinda Youngs, who was appointed CEO of Cooplands in 2019.“This year we’ve continued to open stores, create jobs and develop new products,” Youngs added. “Just this month, we’ve opened a new shop in Lincoln, which created eight new jobs for the city, and launched a new cheese bake to meet consumer demand.”Barry Jackson, BGF investor, said his company is committed to backing growth economy businesses that will “help to drive economic recovery in every corner of the UK”.“Under Belinda’s leadership, Cooplands is a perfect example of a Yorkshire company that continues to strive for industry-leading innovation and quality, which, in turn, drives expansion and job creation across the region,” Jackson added.Earlier this year, Julie Turnbull was appointed CFO of Cooplands, joining David Salkeld, who took up the position of non-executive chair in 2018.The Coopland family will remain minority shareholders in the company, with Paul Coopland continuing to support the business in a non-executive capacity.“Even for a 135-year-old business, trading through this year has been unlike any other,” said Coopland.“The company’s resilience is testament to the quality of our products, the strength of our capable management team and the 1,650 brilliant people they lead to serve our customers in their own communities,” he added.Cooplands recently announced the rollout of Cybake software across its entire estate.“Like most businesses, we’ve established new ways of working this year and we’ve also found areas for innovation, including the launch of our online ordering platform and Cooplands recipes and products, which allow customers to recreate our most popular bakes at home,” said Youngs.last_img read more

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‘Goldilocks’ makes an appearance at Wilson Elementary

first_imgAddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterShare to MoreAddThisThe actors of Thunder Bay Theatre are traveling across Northern Michigan to expose more kids to the arts for their 2018 Educational Performance Tour.Facebook | https://www.facebook.com/WBKBTV/ Twitter | https://twitter.com/WBKB11 Instagram | https://www.instagram.com/wbkbtv/AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterShare to MoreAddThisContinue ReadingPrevious WBKB 11 News Reporter Star Connor, Along With Alcona High School Students Learn Self DefenseNext Locals get front row seat for ‘Dark Sky Week’last_img read more

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