AMAC Action On Capitol Hill

AMAC Supports the Protecting Older Workers Against Discrimination Act, H.R. 1230.

impeachment witness amac membership Americans refuge core values country great equality act health care AMAC Action capitolThe Honorable Bobby Scott
3rd District of Virginia
1201 Longworth House Office Building
Washington, DC 20510

The Honorable Jim Sensenbrenner
5th District of Wisconsin
2449 Rayburn House Office Building
Washington, DC 20515-4905

Dear Chairman Scott and Representative Sensenbrenner,

On behalf of our more than 2 million members across the country, the Association of Mature American Citizens (AMAC) is writing in support of the Protecting Older Workers Against Discrimination Act, H.R. 1230. This bipartisan legislation levels the playing field for older workers in America by legally recognizing age discrimination in the workplace.

In 2009, the Supreme Court placed aging Americans need for strong workplace protections on the backburner in the Gross V. FBL Financial Services decision which weakened protection rights under the Age Discrimination in Employment Act (ADEA). Under ADEA workers that face age discrimination must comply to a higher standard of proof compared to other discriminatory offenses such as race, sex, and religion. Prior to the ruling, a discriminatory claim needed to be supported by proof that discrimination was a contributing factor in an employment decision.
Currently, a worker facing age discrimination must prove it was the deciding factor for the decision. The Supreme Court rule set a precedence that age discrimination is not an equivalent discriminatory offense, therefore acceptable in the workplace. For AMAC members this is
unacceptable, and we fully support your legislation to fix this change.

The Protecting Older Workers Against Discrimination Act would restore the pre-Gross standards recognizing the legitimacy of age discrimination in the workplace. We appreciate the bipartisan efforts by Congressman Scott (VA-03) and Congressman Sensenbrenner (WI-05) for introducing this commonsense solution. AMAC is proud to support the Protecting Older Workers Against Discrimination Act and urges all members to vote in favor of this legislation.


Bob Carlstrom
AMAC Action

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2 years ago

While we hear that hiring is now limited not by the number of job openings but by the number of qualified candidates, its hard to believe that
companies would refuse to hire qualified senior candidates just because of their age. Its obvious that employers , for the first time in 30 years, no
longer have the upper hand. They are very slow to adapt to this new reality. The candidate, is now, thank goodness, in control. So perhaps we can
change the persistent pattern that inflation exceeds wage increases which has moved many out of the middle class into the below average wage category.
The liberals $15 minimum wage effort is a warning. It is now, for the first time since 1980, a sellers market.

Nancy Durant
2 years ago

Yes, we need this legislation. As someone who was unjustly forced out of a HUD grant-funded position some years ago; and could not get an attorney to represent a position that was not covered under any discrimination laws, I truly believe we need this.

LuAnn Chandler Brannigan
2 years ago

I too have faced this issue over and over. There are a lot of us. Let’s put pressure on AMAC to get busy with this issue!!!!!!!

Virginia Horn
2 years ago

Thanks for addressing age discrimination in the workplace. We are dealing with that problem now and finding it difficult to supplement SS income and really struggling.

Ken Shelton
2 years ago
Reply to  Virginia Horn

Virginia Horn
I too struggle and the company I worked for included retirement in the pay package until retirement then retirement was adjusted to SS which was less than poverty level.

Virginia Horn
2 years ago
Reply to  Virginia Horn

My husband deals with this problem. We cannot make it on SS alone. He has amazing talents and education and prospective employers are really interested until they see he is older and then they are not interested any longer. But they get around it by saying that they found a better match. It’s difficult to prove age discrimination. They are not supposed to ask your age ir DOB si they ask when you graduated. Duh! We are older, not stupid. We know what you are doing employers. I have faced the same issue as he has. I am intelligent, qualified and a loyal employee but o one wants me.

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