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Offbeat US chief justice lobs an 'OK Boomer' in age case

05:15  16 january  2020
05:15  16 january  2020 Source:   msn.com

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The chief justice wanted to know: Is ‘ OK boomer ’ ageist? The chief justice ’s line of questioning was just the latest milestone in the glib retort’s short life span, which began on TikTok and echoed We noticed you’re blocking ads! Keep supporting great journalism by turning off your ad blocker.

Chief Justice John G. Roberts Jr., who is 64, asked whether a supervisor’s use of the phrase “ O . K ., boomer ” could be evidence of age discrimination. Had she worked in the private sector or for a state or local government, she would have had to prove that her age was a determining reason for the

John Roberts wearing a suit and tie smiling at the camera: US Supreme Court Chief Justice John Roberts © MANDEL NGAN US Supreme Court Chief Justice John Roberts

Chief Justice John Roberts cracked up the normally somber US Supreme Court on Wednesday by dropping an "OK Boomer" reference while hearing a case involving age discrimination in the workplace.

During oral arguments, the 64-year-old Roberts asked a lawyer whether using the viral catchphrase "OK Boomer" during a job interview would be "actionable."

"So calling somebody a 'boomer' and considering them for a position would be actionable?" he asked as the courtroom erupted in laughter.

Roberts is a member of the "baby boom" generation, which refers to persons born between 1946 and 1964.

Justice Stephen Breyer also made an age joke during the court session while talking about someone being considered for promotion.

"I certainly don't want people who are over the age of 82," Breyer said.

Breyer is 81 years old.

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