Congressman Anthony Brindisi has announced passage of the new bipartisan Protecting Older Workers Against Discrimination Act, which would lower the burden of proof for age discrimination cases.
Under current law, workers hoping to prove age discrimination must show that age was the sole cause for termination, compared to other workplace discrimination cases where a party only needs to prove age was one of the motivating factors.
According to census data, New York’s 22nd congressional district is slightly older than New York State average, and AARP reports that 6-in-10 older workers across the country have experienced or seen age discrimination in the workplace.
“Across the country we are seeing older Americans face discrimination for their age,” Brindisi said. “That is unacceptable. Older Americans continue to provide experience, expertise, and a work ethic that makes them a critical part of our workforce. Reducing the burden of proof for age discrimination cases will help protect older Americans from discrimination and allow them to continue to make meaningful contributions to our society.”
The legislation was supported by local older Americans and advocacy groups, including AARP.
“AARP applauds Rep. Brindisi for his work to pass bipartisan legislation to help fight age discrimination in the workplace,” said AARP New York State Director Beth Finkel. “Older workers are a valuable asset to their employers and the economy, yet more than 6 in 10 report seeing or experiencing age discrimination on the job. We thank Rep. Brindisi for cosponsoring and helping to pass this common-sense, bipartisan bill.”
Other organizations in support of the legislation were Leadership Council of Aging Organizations, American Civil Liberties Union, American Federation of State, County, and Municipal Employees, National Council on Aging, American Association of People with Disabilities, Justice in Aging, AAUW, Consortium for Citizens with Disabilities, Disability Rights Education & Defense Fund, National Disability Institute, National Education Association, AFSCME, NETWORK Lobby for Catholic Social Justice, and Paralyzed Veterans of America.