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 ScottDemocratic lawmaker tears into DeVos: You're 'out to destroy public education' Democrats lash out at DeVos over proposed changes to loan forgiveness plan House passes bill that would give legal status to thousands of undocumented farmworkers 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 KirkWhy Republicans are afraid to call a key witness in the impeachment inquiry Ex-Rep. Duffy to join lobbying firm BGR Bottom Line 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.