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Preventing Age Discrimination

posted Oct 13, 2009, 8:57 AM by Unknown user   [ updated Nov 12, 2009, 9:25 AM ]
| Editorial | New York Times | October 12, 2009 |
The Supreme Court issued a poorly reasoned ruling in June that makes it much harder for older workers to prove illegal age discrimination....  When employers discriminate, they generally do not admit it, so Congress and the courts have established calibrated rules of proof to give victims a fair chance....  Senator Tom Harkin of Iowa and Representative George Miller of California, the Democratic chairmen of two powerful committees, recently introduced bills to reverse the court’s age ruling. They would make the standard for proving age discrimination equivalent to the standard for proving discrimination on the basis of race, sex, religion and national origin.

See also: | Older Workers and Their Rights | New York Times - Room For Debate | October 6, 2009 |
Congressional Democrats introduced legislation on Tuesday to make it easier for older workers to win age discrimination lawsuits (a Supreme Court decision in June had made it harder by requiring that the worker show that age was the deciding factor in an employment decision).