Tuesday, June 08, 2010

U.S. Civil Rights Commission to Hold Hearing on Age Discrimination and Recession

On June 11, 2010, the U.S. Commission on Civil Rights will hold a public briefing of experts to examine the impact of the current economic crisis on older workers and whether potential age discrimination by employers contributes to this impact. Since older workers may experience disproportionately greater effects of company downsizing, whether real or merely perceived, the Commission will hear testimony from witnesses analyzing statistics from the Bureau of Labor Statistics and other sources, on whether older workers are less employed than in earlier years, the duration of unemployment, and whether age discrimination lawsuits have increased during the economic downturn.

Witnesses will also consider the effectiveness of the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission in enforcing the law, and the effect of recent Supreme Court decisions governing ADEA on age discrimination claims.

Source: U.S. Civil Rights Commission News Release (June 7, 2010)

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