House Expected to Vote on Workplace Bias Bill this Month

House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer (D-MD) said in a January 3 Dear Colleague Letter that the chamber should anticipate a vote on The Protecting Older Workers Against Discrimination Act (H.R.1230), likely during the week of January 13. If enacted, the bill would lower a bar that requires workers to show that age and disability bias was the “but for” reason behind an employer’s decision to fire, demote, or take other adverse actions against them. Consequently, fewer cases could be tossed out or settled before trial, permitting more discrimination claims to make it to the courtroom. While the Senate version of the legislation (S.485) has garnered some backing among Republicans, it is unlikely to advance swiftly through the upper chamber of Congress.

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