In January, the U.S. Supreme Court heard oral arguments about whether the age discrimination rules for the federal workforce are different from those for private sector employees.
Earlier this month, Montgomery County, Maryland, passed the Creating a Respectful and Open World for Natural Hair, or CROWN Act. The new law prohibits discrimination against people who wear natural and protective African-American hairstyles such as Afros, locks, braids and twists. It applies to employment discrimination and also public accommodation discrimination.
Three referees who have worked with the NCAA for over a decade filed suit recently for age discrimination. They claim that, despite highly favorable evaluations, the number of games they have been assigned to officiate has dropped off. In fact, none has been assigned to the most lucrative games, those in Division I.
The Age Discrimination in Employment Act (ADEA) prohibits age discrimination against employees who are 40 and over. It applies to both the private and public sectors, including the federal government. However, the language in the Act is slightly different when talking about federal employees than when discussing private sector employees.
The closer in time an adverse job action occurs to an employee's discrimination complaint, the more likely it is to be considered retaliation. And, a retaliation complaint can succeed even if the initial discrimination claim was baseless, a federal court recently ruled.
In a hearing of the House Education and Labor subcommittee, lawmakers uniformly agreed that the nation's workplace anti-discrimination laws should be fully enforced. That said, some raised concerns about changes at the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) and the Office of Federal Contractor Compliance Programs (OFCCP).
The Uniformed Services Employment and Reemployment Rights Act of 1994 (USERRA) was passed to protect employees who must be absent from their civilian jobs to serve, on active duty or in the reserves, in the United States uniformed services:
According to a recent survey by the insurer Hiscox USA, 21% of American workers over 40 say they have suffered from age discrimination in the workplace. The age at which they are most likely to experience discrimination is 51, and men may suffer it slightly more than women.
Cheryl F. applied for jobs at Google four times over the course of seven years. Despite "highly pertinent qualifications and programming experience," however, and despite staff interviewers apparently finding her to be a good fit for the company, she was never hired. She believes that it was because she is over 40.
Earlier this year, the Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals ruled that the Age Discrimination in Employment Act (ADEA) does not prohibit discrimination against older job seekers -- only existing employees. Although the Seventh Circuit only covers Wisconsin, Illinois and Indiana, the ruling is final in those states unless the U.S. Supreme Court overturns it. Now, the AARP Foundation has asked the high court for a hearing on the matter.