Norris Claim Law and Legal Definition

In a 5-4 decision, the United States Supreme Court ruled on July 6, 1983, that employers who offer retirement annuity plans that pay smaller monthly benefits to women than to similarly situated men violate the ban against sex discrimination in employment in Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964.1 The Court ruling also stated that employers are not exempt from Title VII’s ban against sex discrimination even if the only annuities available on the open, market are based on sex-segregated annuity tables. In the Court’s majority opinion, Justice Thurgood Marshall stated that “it would, be inconsistent with the broad remedial purposes of Title VII to hold that an employer who adopts a discriminatory fringe benefit plan can avoid liability on the ground that he could not find a third party willing to treat his employees on a non-discriminatory basis.”