Inquiring about retirement plans = age discrimination?

'Carla Carpenter Retirement Party' photo (c) 2004, Grant Laird Jr - license: http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0/

Let’s say that a company holds a meeting for older employees (all are over 49 years old). And the purpose of the meeting is to discuss the future expectations of the employees in attendance, including retirement options at the company. Then throw in a stray remark from the company, something like, “When people get older, they tend to slow down.”

What if one of the meeting attendees is later laid off? Is that age discrimination?

If the employer has any non-age-related reason for the layoff, then the answer is no, according to

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