The House of Representatives on Wednesday passed a bill aimed at protecting older Americans in the workforce by making it easier to mount age-discrimination suits.
The Protecting Older Workers Against Discrimination Act was introduced earlier this year by Reps. Bobby Scott, D-Va., and Rodney Davis, R-Ill.
It aims to restore protections for workers age 40 and older that were eroded in a 2009 Supreme Court ruling, Gross v. FBL Financial Services, Inc.
The decade-old decision made it more difficult for older workers to prove that they'd experienced discrimination based on age.
"Ageism is not only harmful to workers, but for companies, too, who miss out on the experience and expertise older workers bring," said Nancy LeaMond, executive vice president and chief advocacy and engagement officer of AARP, in a statement.
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