Friday, March 19, 2010
Here. The thought is that since the Supreme Court's Gross decision last year making it more difficult for older employees to prove age discrimination, it has been even harder for older employees to be successful in such suits even as the incidence of such claims rise:
As if finding and holding on to a job wasn't hard enough. According to the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, there's been a 17 percent jump in the number of age-discrimination complaints filed since the recession began in 2007. Federal law is supposed to protect workers 40 and older, but proving you've been denied a job or laid off to make way for younger and cheaper workers isn't easy. And the byproduct of a 2009 Supreme Court decision has substantially increased the burden of proof required to win an age-discrimination case.
The article is in question-and-answer format with NEWSWEEK's Nancy Cook asking questions of Laurie McCann, a senior attorney with AARP Foundation Litigation.
No real surprises here, but it is good that the plight of older Americans in the workplace in light of the recession and the Gross decision are finally making top news stories.
Hat Tip: Rosario Vega Lynn