Murkowski, Casey Introduce Legislation to Improve Senior Economic Security and End Age Discrimination in the Workplace

Anchorage, AK – U.S. Senator Lisa Murkowski (R-AK) joined Senator Bob Casey (D-PA), Chairman of the U.S. Senate Special Committee on Aging, in introducing the Protecting Older Workers Against Discrimination Act (POWADA), legislation to support senior economic security across the Nation, including protections from workplace age discrimination.

 The Protecting Older Workers Against Discrimination Act (POWADA) would level the playing field for older workers and restore safeguards against age-based discrimination. POWADA would restore critical protections in the Age Discrimination in Employment Act (ADEA) and make it easier for employees to prove when they are a victim of age discrimination in the workplace. Older workers are currently required to meet a significantly higher burden of proof when alleging age discrimination than is required of workers alleging other forms of workplace discrimination.

 “Older Americans are important members of our communities, and they deserve to age knowing their rights are supported in the workplace,” said Senator Lisa Murkowski. “This bipartisan effort will ensure that older Americans have critically needed protections to ensure they aren’t victims of age discrimination. Too many older Alaskans have faced uncertainty and wrongful discrimination due to their age—so I’m proud to be part of this effort that supports those who do so much for our workplaces and communities.”

 “As more Americans are remaining in the workforce longer, we must recognize and address the challenges that aging workers face. We must make it clear to employers that age discrimination is unacceptable, and we must strengthen antidiscrimination protections that are being eroded,” Senator Casey said. “POWADA would level the playing field for older workers and ensure they are able to fight back against age discrimination in the workplace.”

 The Protecting Older Workers Against Discrimination Act is co-led by U.S. Senator Chuck Grassley (R-IL). In addition to Senator Murkowski, the bill is cosponsored by U.S. Senators Maggie Hassan (D-NH), Susan Collins (R-ME), and Tammy Baldwin (D-WI).