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AARP Nevada Survey Shows Strong Support For Age-Discrimination Bill

PHOTO: An A-A-R-P Nevada survey shows 85 percent support for a bill that would reduce the burden of proof required in age discrimination cases. Photo courtesy Kansas Office of the Securities Commissioner.
PHOTO: An A-A-R-P Nevada survey shows 85 percent support for a bill that would reduce the burden of proof required in age discrimination cases. Photo courtesy Kansas Office of the Securities Commissioner.
March 21, 2014

LAS VEGAS – An AARP Nevada survey shows overwhelming support for proposed bipartisan legislation that could help older workers prove age discrimination.

Hilarie Grey, communications director at AARP Nevada, says the recent poll of about 500 Nevadans over the age of 50, shows 85 percent support passage of the Protecting Older Workers Against Discrimination Act.

"And when you look at the breakdown of that by people who identified themselves as liberal, moderate or conservative, you get 85 percent-plus from all of those groups favoring passage,” she points out. “So it's really across the board."

Grey adds that the survey found that more than one-third of Nevadans reported that they or someone they know has experienced age discrimination.

She says the legislation would offset a 2009 U.S. Supreme Court ruling that increased the burden of proof on a plaintiff to prove age discrimination.

"What happened with that Supreme Court decision is it increased the burden of proof for age discrimination cases over what you would have, if you had a race discrimination case or a gender-based discrimination case,” she explains. “So lawmakers on both sides of the aisle looked at this and said, 'This is not right.'"

Grey says AARP is confident that the current political climate is right for Congress to pass the Protecting Older Workers Against Discrimination Act.


Troy Wilde, Public News Service - NV