The Home of Representatives handed legislation to guard older People within the workforce
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The House of Representatives passed law to protect older Americans in the workforce by easing age discrimination charges.
The Act to Protect Older Workers From Discrimination was passed earlier this year by MPs Bobby Scott, D-Va., And Rodney Davis, R-Ill. introduced and adopted on Wednesday. It aims to restore protection to workers aged 40 and over, which was undermined in a 2009 Supreme Court ruling, Gross v FBL Financial Services, Inc.
The decade-long decision made it difficult for older workers to prove that they had been discriminated against on the basis of age.
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“Making cases more difficult to bring to light goes against our responsibility to support older workers who have long been exposed to workplace discrimination,” Scott said in a hearing on Wednesday.
If passed by both houses of Congress, the bipartisan legislation would redefine the guards for older workers since the Age Discrimination Employment Act of 1967 and reconcile them with protection against discrimination based on sex, race, religion and national origin.
“Aging is detrimental not only to workers, but also to companies that lack the experience and expertise of older workers,” said Nancy LeaMond, executive vice president and chief advocacy and engagement officer at AARP, in a statement.