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Baltimore County workers who overpaid into pension won't get paid back

Baltimore County workers who overpaid into pension won't get paid back

A federal judge has ruled that the Baltimore County government will not have to pay millions of dollars to employees who overpaid into the county pension system for years.

Courts ruled in 2012 that the county's pension system was discriminatory because older workers were required to pay more than younger workers. But U.S. District Judge Richard D. Bennett ruled Wednesday that the county doesn't have to pay back the workers who overpaid.

Officials said the decision saves the county as much as $19 million in potential payments to the workers.

"We are greatly relieved to have it resolved at this point," said James Nolan, an assistant county attorney.

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