Discrimination

EEOC Making Do With Less

Posted on 12/19/2013 by | Legal Grounds | Comments

Bulletin Today2013 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

Posted on 10/16/2013 by | Legal Grounds | Comments

Bulletin TodayIt 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?

Posted on 10/9/2013 by | Legal Grounds | Comments

Bulletin TodayThe 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 …

Are Age Bias Suits Really Down?

Posted on 09/6/2013 by | Legal Grounds | Comments

Bulletin TodayThe New York Times reported last week that the Supreme Court’s 2009 ruling in Gross v. FBL Financial Services has changed the legal landscape for age discrimination cases. The problem? Even though many older workers who lose their jobs think that age discrimination played a role in their terminations, the burden of proof required is now so high that lawyers just don’t see the cases as winners. Given that the Times didn’t back up its assertion that “most lawyers won’t even take …

Meet the Women Fighting a Voter ID Law

Posted on 08/28/2013 by | Legal Grounds | Comments

Bulletin TodayThe U.S. Justice Department has filed suit against the voter ID law in Texas, but two older African American women are behind separate legal challenges to new voter ID requirements in North Carolina. The state has one of the nation’s most wide-ranging voter ID laws and the first to pass since the U.S. Supreme Court struck down part of the Voting Rights Act. In North Carolina state court, Alberta Currie, 78, claims she’s no longer able to vote, as she …

Bill Aims to Restore a ‘Fair Shake’ in Age Bias Cases

Posted on 07/30/2013 by | Washington Watch | Comments

Bulletin Today | PoliticsA bipartisan group in Congress has introduced legislation to remedy two Supreme Court decisions that have made it far more difficult for older workers to prove that they have suffered from illegal discrimination because of their age. Related: Workplace Age Bias Hits Home for Boomers Iowa’s two senators, Democrat Tom Harkin and Republican Chuck Grassley, are the lead sponsors of the bill, named the Protecting Older Workers Against Discrimination Act; Rep. George Miller (D-Calif.) is the lead sponsor of an …