Lawmakers fighting for stronger protections for older workers

Lawmakers fighting for stronger protections for older workers
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A bipartisan group of lawmakers is looking to protect older workers from age discrimination.

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The Protecting Older Workers Against Discrimination Act introduced by Reps. Bobby ScottRobert (Bobby) Cortez ScottTop Trump health official warned against controversial ObamaCare changes in private memo Centrist Democrats raise concerns over minimum wage push Sanders seizes 2020 megaphone to attack companies over minimum wage MORE (D-Va.) and David Young (R-Iowa) would provide greater job security for workers who are nearing retirement, the lawmakers said.

It is a companion bill to legislation introduced in October by Sen. Mark KirkMark Steven KirkFunding the fight against polio Ex-GOP Sen. Kirk registers to lobby The global reality behind 'local' problems MORE (R-Ill.).

“Today, Americans are working … longer than they ever have,” the lawmakers said. “When older workers lose their jobs, they are far more likely than other workers to join the ranks of the long-term unemployed.”

The bipartisan legislation aims to roll back a 2009 Supreme Court decision, which the lawmakers say weakened protections for older workers against age discrimination.

The Supreme Court ruled that older workers must prove age discrimination was the “sole motivating factor” for the loss of their job. But the legislation would contend that older workers need only prove it contributed to the decision.

“No one in the workplace should face discrimination,” Young said.

The legislation would “protect our hardworking senior workers from age discrimination, strengthen job security for American families, and hold bad actors accountable for shady hiring and business practices,” Young added.