Age-related discrimination is a problem for a lot of workers in California. After all of the layoffs that happened in 2020, there were many older workers that had a hard time finding new jobs. Though age discrimination in employment was already illegal, a new bill was passed that further clarifies what that means.
Age discrimination begins at the application process
The original law prohibiting age discrimination in employment was passed in 1967. On Nov. 4, the House passed further legislation on age discrimination that clarifies and expands the original law. In a 224-200 vote, legislators decided that older workers can bring claims against employers that discriminate against them beginning at the application process.
What proponents say
Rep. Sylvia Garcia (D-Texas), the author of the new bill, says that the new legislation will help older workers that have had a hard time recovering financially during the pandemic. Garcia noted that a lot of people have lost their jobs mid-career and now worry that they will never be able to find work again because of discrimination.
What opponents say
Legislators that voted against the bill said that the new law was unnecessary because older works already had job protections. Rep. Bob Good (R-Virginia) said that the bill would only lead to more lawsuits and complications of existing hiring practices.
How age discrimination can hurt older workers
Many workplaces have a culture of age discrimination that routinely favors younger workers for new positions and promotions. When older workers are turned down for job opportunities that they are qualified for, they can suffer huge career setbacks. A large gap in employment is often devastating financially and can harm a person’s resume. If you have been negatively impacted by age discrimination, you may be able to file a lawsuit against the discriminatory employer.