Chairman Scott Praises Passage of Bipartisan Legislation to Protect Older Workers Against Age Discrimination

WASHINGTON – Today, Chairman Robert C. “Bobby” Scott (VA-03) released the following statement as the House voted to pass H.R. 1230, the Protecting Older Workers Against Discrimination Act. The bipartisan legislation would restore protections for older workers by ensuring they have the same legal protections against age discrimination as those that exist for discrimination based on race, sex, nationality, and religion.

“It has now been more than a decade since the Supreme Court heightened the burden of proof for workers seeking to legally challenge age discrimination in the workplace.  However, our responsibility to ensure that no older American is forced out of a job or denied a work opportunity because of age has not changed.  At a time when more Americans are working longer into their lives, we need policy solutions that empower older workers to challenge workplace discrimination.

 “The Protecting Older Workers Against Discrimination Act is a bipartisan and bicameral solution that restores protections for older workers and ensures we treat all workers facing workplace discrimination – whether on the basis of sex, race, religion, national origin, or age – with consistency and fairness.

 “I want to thank all of my colleagues, particularly Congressman Sensenbrenner, for working to pass this bipartisan proposal to restore workplace protections for older workers.”


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