House Passes Protecting Older Workers Against Discrimination Act

​The U.S. House of Representatives on Jan. 15 passed by a vote of 261 to 155 the Protecting Older Workers Against Discrimination Act (POWADA), which would permit plaintiffs to sue for age discrimination even if age was not the sole cause of the challenged employment decision.

The U.S. Senate is not expected to pass the legislation and the White House has announced it would veto it.

Rep. Mark DeSaulnier, D-Calif., said that the bill would result in courts dismissing fewer age discrimination claims. He added that it would “mean … long overdue justice” since a 2009 Supreme Court decision (Gross v. FBL Financial Services Inc.) required age to be the sole reason an employer fired or changed a worker’s job in order for the worker to win an age…

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