Oldest Member of Congress Faces Runoff Election

Rep. Ralph Hall (R-Texas), the oldest member of Congress, faces a primary runoff after failing to lock up his party’s nomination March 4. Hall, a World War II Navy pilot who came to Congress in 1981 and will turn 91 in May, has said this will be his last race to represent Texas’ 4th Congressional District. But former U.S. Attorney John Ratcliffe, who is 48, said he wasn’t going to wait to run because Hall had made that claim in the …

Extended Jobless Benefits Clear Hurdle in Senate

When it comes to unemployment, older Americans face a double whammy. Many face age discrimination. (About a third say that they – or someone they know – were recently discriminated against because of their age.) On top of that, employers also discriminate against job applicants who have been out of work the longest, according to Deborah Chalfie, AARP senior legislative representative for financial security. Of the unemployed, people 55 or older were out of work an average of 51 weeks, …

EEOC Making Do With Less

2013 was a rough year for the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission. First there was the sequester, which cut the agency’s budget by 5 percent and forced the agency to furlough employees for up to 40 hours. Then there was the 16-day government shutdown, during which only 5 percent of the EEOC’s employees were allowed to work, making it impossible for its lawyers there to review claims, litigate them or mediate them. Even so, the EEOC recovered more money for victims …

Supreme Court Takes a ‘DIG’ at Age Discrimination

It was over before it began. Last week I wrote here about Madigan v. Levin, an age discrimination case before the Supreme Court. I explained that the oral argument didn’t seem to go so well for Harvey Levin, who seeks to establish that plaintiffs complaining of age discrimination can bring both constitutional and Age Discrimination in Employment Act (ADEA) claims. Supreme Court watchers expected a decision in the case before June, probably sooner. “Sooner,” as it turned out was right. …

Will the Supreme Court Punt on an Age Discrimination Case?

The Supreme Court’s new term started off with a bang on Oct. 7 with the oral arguments in Madigan v. Levin, a major age discrimination case. Harvey Levin, 61, was asking the Court to decide whether the federal Age Discrimination in Employment Act (ADEA) blocked him from any asserting any claims he might otherwise have under the U.S. Constitution. Here’s the lowdown: After a long career during which he says supervisors reviewed his work positively, Levin was fired from his …

On First Monday, Some Supreme Court Milestones

Happy First Monday! You may know that the U.S. Supreme Court starts its term every year on the first Monday of October. But you may not have realized that all the justices on the nation’s highest court are eligible for membership in AARP. (The youngest is Justice Elena Kagan, who’s 54.) The nine justices are fine evidence for the theory that people who love what they do stay young at heart. The oldest justice ever? Oliver Wendell Holmes, who retired …