June 25, 2021
Partner Barbara Hoey
was quoted in a recent Law360
article on The Protecting Older Workers Against Discrimination Act, which would amend civil rights laws to treat age-related employment claims the same as complaints related to race, gender, and other categories protected by separate statutes.
On top of lowering the burden of proof for age discrimination cases, the fact that the bill also allows retaliation cases to move forward on the lighter, mixed-motive test, clears away a hurdle to filing suit for one of the most common discrimination claims, Hoey said.
A huge chunk of discrimination cases are accompanied by retaliation allegations, Hoey said. "The fact that they've included retaliation guarantees a huge uptick in claims," she said.
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