Late last year, the Supreme Court ruled on the matter of Gross v. FBL, greatly raising the bar for proving that an individual had been the victim of age discrimination. The court deemed that the plaintiff must prove that the adverse employment effect was directly related to ones age, and not other factors, greatly narrowing the ways in which individuals can bring age discrimination suits.
This case has been widely discussed in the legal and employment worlds as they adapt to these changes in law. This, along with the Ledbetter v. Goodyear decision, which had limited plaintiffs claims for discrimination in pay based on sex, marked a Supreme Court that appeared hostile to the rights of working individuals.
Following the Ledbetter decision, Congress acted to help re-enforce the rights of individuals who had been systematically paid less that workers of different gender. And it appears that in light of this recent decision, members of Congress are working on a law that would help strengthen the rights of workers who believe they have been discriminated against based on their age.
This week, Sen. Patrick Lahey and others plan on introducing a new bill that would help work against the decision laid out in Gross v. FBL Financial. This would help to reestablish the rights of older workers who feel that they have been discriminated against in the work place.
We here at The Harman Firm are glad to see our Congress take such action in light of a Supreme Court that has been extremely hostile towards the rights of workers and have undermined the rights that people have fought long and hard to gain. With the current Obama administration, we hope to see more of this type of legislation and an affirmation of the rights of workers everywhere.