The 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.