age discrimination

Did a Mattress Company Push Out Older Employees?

Posted on 09/27/2013 by | Legal Grounds | Comments

Bulletin TodayHaving a good job helps most people get a good night’s rest. But it wouldn’t be surprising if older employees at Las Vegas retail outlets of Houston-based Mattress Firm have been losing some sleep over the past several years – all over the way they allege the store has treated them, discriminating against them in favor of younger workers. Their allegations are now being heard in federal court. Before it got there, though, the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission had to …

Supreme Court Again Chips Away at Protection From Discrimination

Posted on 06/24/2013 by | News, Culture, Sights and Sounds | Comments

Bulletin Today | PoliticsLet’s say that my boss decides I’m too old to do my job, blogging about stuff. By law, he couldn’t fire me because of my age. But he’d still like to find a way to get rid of me. He stops giving me assignments, and tells everyone it’s because I’m old and slow. I complain to him and others about his unequal treatment, and in retaliation, he moves me to the group that waters our plants. I quit and sue. …

How Far Will Protection From Discrimination Slip?

Posted on 04/29/2013 by | News, Culture, Sights and Sounds | Comments

Bulletin Today | PoliticsA case argued this month before the U.S. Supreme Court could make it more difficult to win discrimination suits, four years after another decision greatly weakened the 1967 Age Discrimination in Employment Act (ADEA). The current case is about national origin, not age, but groups, including AARP, have filed “friend of the court” briefs because they see important civil rights issues in play. (Update: Read our post on the Court’s decision, June 24, 2013) In University of Texas Southwestern Medical …

More Bipartisan Support to Fight Age Discrimination

Posted on 09/27/2012 by | AARP Blog Author | Comments

WorkUPDATE: While partisan rhetoric heats up as the presidential election looms closer, it’s especially encouraging to see at least one piece of legislation get support from both sides of the aisle. The subject is age discrimination in employment decisions. Since this post was originally published in mid-July, Sens. Mark Begich and Lisa Murkowski of Alaska and Sen. Mark Kirk of Illinois have stepped up as sponsors. We hope other senators from both parties will follow their lead. If your senator …

Has Your Senator Stepped Up to Fight Age Discrimination?

Posted on 07/13/2012 by | AARP Blog Author | Comments

WorkKnow anyone who has faced age bias at work when it comes to hiring or layoff decisions—or is it a worry for you? If so, you should care about a certain senate bill. And the good news is that bipartisanship hasn’t completely gone the way of the Dodo bird.  The issue uniting some big names from both sides of the aisle involves protecting older workers against age discrimination. AARP is hoping that more senators will sign on. The “Protecting Older Workers Against Discrimination …

Fighting Age Discrimination Draws Bipartisan Support – And You Can Help

Posted on 06/21/2012 by | AARP Blog Author | Comments

PoliticsIn a contentious election year it’s encouraging to learn that Americans from both parties, and some politicians, have found common ground on at least one issue. A new AARP survey shows that older Americans overwhelmingly support legislation to combat age discrimination in the workplace. The May 2012 poll of registered voters 50 and older found that 78 percent favor passage of the bipartisan “Protecting Older Workers Against Discrimination Act” (POWADA), introduced in March by Sen. Tom Harkin, D-Iowa, Sen. Chuck …