Like Causes?

Install the App
TRY NOW

house Bill H.R. 1230

Should Anti-Discrimination Protections for Older Workers Be Strengthened?

Argument in favor

This bill would ease the standard of proof older workers face when claiming age-related employment discrimination and retaliation by removing the requirement that they show their employer’s action was based solely on age.

jimK's Opinion
···
01/14/2020
Per burrKitty’s comment, which I agree with, I am responding to the question posed and not addressing any specific legislation. … … …Discrimination is wrong. Period. Discrimination is wrong if it is based on race, ethnicity, religion, sexual orientation, county of origin, age or any reason not pertinent to the duties required to be performed. As much as I would like to be a pro baseball player, I do not have nor ever did have the requisite skills. As much as I would like to be a forest ranger, my personal age related physical shortcomings mean I no longer have the physical ability's required. That is fair. However, I have other things that I can do, some of which I think I can do fairly well. My age, the numerical number of it, is not the factor - it is my ability to perform prescribed duties as well as anyone else, and that should be the only factor that counts. Employers do discriminate and it is very difficult for older people to get work; most employers are not dumb enough to state that age was a factor in their no-go decision and will find some other lame excuse. While true, it does not excuse their discriminatory mindset.
Like (139)
Follow
Share
Kim's Opinion
···
01/14/2020
Yes, people over 50 have a lot to offer and there is to much ageism. Just like discrimination against women,there are lots of ways older adults are discriminated against that are not adequately covered by current laws
Like (46)
Follow
Share
verymary's Opinion
···
01/14/2020
Older workers often feel like prey, with all the giant predatory birds circling precariously overhead. There is an assumption in America that everyone can afford to retire or wants to retire, so older folks should just run along and make way for the next generation. But let's not toss out the old or the young. Every generation has something valuable to offer.
Like (43)
Follow
Share

Argument opposed

While this bill may make it easier for older workers to prove that they faced age-related discrimination in the workplace, the fact that it precludes the courts from awarding them anything beyond legal fees means it will primarily benefit trial lawyers.

NoHedges's Opinion
···
01/15/2020
I would honestly prefer to see social security overhauled so older generations can afford to retire and still maintain a strong quality of life. Multi-Millionaires and billionaires do not need to be drawing a social security check every month regardless of what they did/did not pay in. We all pay taxes for social welfare safety nets that we pray we will never need. Social security needs income/wealth caps and monthly payments need to be tripled. Our older generations deserve the time and finances to enjoy their retirement years while mentoring future generations. This type of cross generational weaving is crucial.
Like (35)
Follow
Share
burrkitty's Opinion
···
01/14/2020
Read the bill. It’s just money for lawyers. Useless bill is useless. It doesn’t actually help.
Like (34)
Follow
Share
B.R.'s Opinion
···
01/14/2020
While all working personnel, including the elderly, should be protected from discrimination, it does not appear that this bill addresses the issue; bill appears to be misleading. Prior to approval, questions need to be answered.
Like (18)
Follow
Share

bill Progress


  • Not enacted
    The President has not signed this bill
  • The senate has not voted
  • The house Passed January 15th, 2020
    Roll Call Vote 261 Yea / 155 Nay
      house Committees
      Committee on Education and Labor
    IntroducedFebruary 14th, 2019

Log in or create an account to see how your Reps voted!

Bill Activity

  • IntroReferral
    Received in the Senate and Read twice and referred to the Committee on Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions.
  • Floor
    Considered under the provisions of rule H. Res. 790. (consideration: CR H258-270; text: CR H264-265)
  • Floor
    Motion to reconsider laid on the table Agreed to without objection.
  • Floor
    On passage Passed by recorded vote: 261 - 155 (Roll no. 21).
  • Floor
    On motion to recommit with instructions Failed by recorded vote: 196 - 220 (Roll no. 20).
  • Floor
    The previous question on the motion to recommit with instructions was ordered without objection.
  • Floor
    Floor summary: DEBATE - The House proceeded wiht 10 minutes of debate on the Smucker motion to recommit with instructions. The instructions contained in the motion seek to require the bill to be reported back to the House with an amendment adding at the end of the bill a new section pertaining to Rule of Construction which states nothing in the Act shall be construed to alter the status of a truck driver as an independent contractor if the truck driver is currently considered to be an independent contractor under Federal law.
  • Floor
    Mr. Smucker moved to recommit with instructions to the Committee on Education and Labor.
  • Floor
    The House adopted the amendments en gross as agreed to by the Committee of the Whole House on the state of the Union.
  • Floor
    The previous question was ordered pursuant to the rule.
  • Floor
    The House rose from the Committee of the Whole House on the state of the Union to report H.R. 1230.
  • Floor
    The House resolved into Committee of the Whole House on the state of the Union for further consideration.
  • Floor
    Considered as unfinished business.
  • Floor
    Committee of the Whole House on the state of the Union rises leaving H.R. 1230 as unfinished business.
  • Floor
    On motion that the committee rise Agreed to by voice vote.
  • Floor
    Mr. Scott (VA) moved that the committee rise.
  • Floor
    DEBATE - Pursuant to the provisions of H. Res. 790, the Committee of the Whole proceeded with 10 minutes of debate on the Tlaib amendment No. 5.
  • Floor
    DEBATE - Pursuant to the provisions of H.Res. 790, the Committee of the Whole proceeded with 10 minutes of debate on the Brown (MD) amendment No. 4.
  • Floor
    POSTPONED PROCEEDINGS - At the conclusion of debate on the Allen amendment, the Chair put the question on adoption of the amendment, and by voice vote announced that the noes had prevailed. Mr. Allen demanded a recorded vote and the Chair postponed further proceedings until a time to be announced.
  • Floor
    DEBATE - Pursuant to the provisions of H.Res. 790, the Committee of the Whole proceeded with 10 minutes of debate on the Allen amendment No. 3.
  • Floor
    DEBATE - Pursuant to the provisions of H.Res. 790, the Committee of the Whole proceeded with 10 minutes of debate on the Rodney Davis (IL) amendment No. 2.
  • Floor
    DEBATE - Pursuant to the provisions of H.Res. 790, the Committee of the Whole proceeded with 10 minutes of debate on the DeSaulnier amendment No. 1.
  • Floor
    GENERAL DEBATE - The Committee of the Whole proceeded with one hour of general debate on H.R. 1230.
  • Floor
    The Speaker designated the Honorable Henry Cuellar to act as Chairman of the Committee.
  • Floor
    House resolved itself into the Committee of the Whole House on the state of the Union pursuant to H. Res. 790 and Rule XVIII.
  • Floor
    Rule provides for consideration of H.R. 1230 and H.J. Res. 76 with 1 hour of general debate. Previous question shall be considered as ordered without intervening motions except motion to recommit with or without instructions. Measure will be considered read. Specified amendments are in order.
  • Floor
    Considered under the provisions of rule H. Res. 790.
  • Floor
    Mr. Smucker moved to recommit with instructions to the Committee on Education and Labor. (text: CR H271)
  • Floor
    Considered as unfinished business. (consideration: CR H270-274)
  • Floor
    Rules Committee Resolution H. Res. 790 Reported to House. Rule provides for consideration of H.R. 1230 and H.J. Res. 76 with 1 hour of general debate. Previous question shall be considered as ordered without intervening motions except motion to recommit with or without instructions. Measure will be considered read. Specified amendments are in order.
  • Calendars
    Placed on the Union Calendar, Calendar No. 295.
  • Committee
    Reported (Amended) by the Committee on Education and Labor. H. Rept. 116-372.
  • Committee
    Ordered to be Reported (Amended) by the Yeas and Nays: 27 - 18.
  • Committee
    Committee Consideration and Mark-up Session Held.
  • IntroReferral
    Referred to the House Committee on Education and Labor.

bill Progress


  • Not enacted
    The President has not signed this bill
  • The senate has not voted
  • The house Passed January 15th, 2020
    Roll Call Vote 261 Yea / 155 Nay
      house Committees
      Committee on Education and Labor
    IntroducedFebruary 14th, 2019

Log in or create an account to see how your Reps voted!
    Per burrKitty’s comment, which I agree with, I am responding to the question posed and not addressing any specific legislation. … … …Discrimination is wrong. Period. Discrimination is wrong if it is based on race, ethnicity, religion, sexual orientation, county of origin, age or any reason not pertinent to the duties required to be performed. As much as I would like to be a pro baseball player, I do not have nor ever did have the requisite skills. As much as I would like to be a forest ranger, my personal age related physical shortcomings mean I no longer have the physical ability's required. That is fair. However, I have other things that I can do, some of which I think I can do fairly well. My age, the numerical number of it, is not the factor - it is my ability to perform prescribed duties as well as anyone else, and that should be the only factor that counts. Employers do discriminate and it is very difficult for older people to get work; most employers are not dumb enough to state that age was a factor in their no-go decision and will find some other lame excuse. While true, it does not excuse their discriminatory mindset.
    Like (139)
    Follow
    Share
    I would honestly prefer to see social security overhauled so older generations can afford to retire and still maintain a strong quality of life. Multi-Millionaires and billionaires do not need to be drawing a social security check every month regardless of what they did/did not pay in. We all pay taxes for social welfare safety nets that we pray we will never need. Social security needs income/wealth caps and monthly payments need to be tripled. Our older generations deserve the time and finances to enjoy their retirement years while mentoring future generations. This type of cross generational weaving is crucial.
    Like (35)
    Follow
    Share
    Yes, people over 50 have a lot to offer and there is to much ageism. Just like discrimination against women,there are lots of ways older adults are discriminated against that are not adequately covered by current laws
    Like (46)
    Follow
    Share
    Older workers often feel like prey, with all the giant predatory birds circling precariously overhead. There is an assumption in America that everyone can afford to retire or wants to retire, so older folks should just run along and make way for the next generation. But let's not toss out the old or the young. Every generation has something valuable to offer.
    Like (43)
    Follow
    Share
    Read the bill. It’s just money for lawyers. Useless bill is useless. It doesn’t actually help.
    Like (34)
    Follow
    Share
    Absolutely. Worst discrimination I’ve experienced is age discrimination.
    Like (33)
    Follow
    Share
    Yes. But why have we not protected other segments of our society equally? The last three years have seen prejudice and discrimination grow not decrease. All from the extreme right. That growth has been led by the President, the Republican Party, and their supporters including evangelists. A large majority of these supporters are white and over 50. Laws against discrimination should be strengthened at all levels including those pertaining to individuals that discriminate. Either we address all forms of discrimination or we address none.
    Like (29)
    Follow
    Share
    Less and less individuals have retirement plans as they can barely manage even in their current financial situation, we’re likely to have many more “older” workers in the work force. There’s need to be something to protect them.
    Like (28)
    Follow
    Share
    Age discrimination is alive and well, and way too easy for employers.
    Like (24)
    Follow
    Share
    Both the older worker & the government bears the costs of discrimination against older workers! Social Security has incentives to wait to collect till age 70 instead of the earliest age of 62. Employers are getting rid of workers in their 50s & 60s but it’s hard to prove because the usually go through a restructuring where jobs are eliminate or sometimes just renamed but the only openings are for entry level workers who are younger & cheaper. Those workers have few options especially when all the jobs not only in their organization but others as well are the same entry level positions where they won’t even consider an older, experienced worker Most will file for unemployment immediately & then the wait to claim Social Security early at 62, or even earlier by claiming disability, and then waiting for Medicare at age 65.
    Like (19)
    Follow
    Share
    While all working personnel, including the elderly, should be protected from discrimination, it does not appear that this bill addresses the issue; bill appears to be misleading. Prior to approval, questions need to be answered.
    Like (18)
    Follow
    Share
    Yes, discrimination can not be tolerated anywhere- Period. Aging is not a disease as there is richness in hiring through out the age continuum. If that were the case, many in Congress should step aside after 2 terms.
    Like (15)
    Follow
    Share
    Discrimination is against the law, regardless if it’s about age, gender, skin color, or religion. It’s wrong, and employers practicing it should be punished. People need to work longer than they ever have in this country because of low wages and poor health care. No good worker should be penalized for it over something that is already supposed to be illegal.
    Like (15)
    Follow
    Share
    Yes by all means and I believe and I thought they were protected under disabilities act as well as race gender but obviously Republicans are changing the Factive such and they’re not making it a priority to protect house and persons for homes that are being priced out of their homes because of this age discrimination race discrimination sexual orientation why is this happening Congress senators must protect at all cost federal that’s why there’s a greater and a highest homeless crisis in modern history.
    Like (13)
    Follow
    Share
    “All men are created equal.” These monumental words have influenced the decisions of America since its inception. Let us allow these words to affect us now and keep equality a focal point in every business of America
    Like (11)
    Follow
    Share
    Yes, protections for older workers must be strengthened.
    Like (11)
    Follow
    Share
    Many employers don’t want to even hire a new potential employee that’s near 50. Age discrimination isn’t usually something most people even think about until they are about 50 yrs old. I think anyone that’s willing and able to work should be able to. Older employees have much to offer and should be given equal opportunities to show that.
    Like (10)
    Follow
    Share
    Older people have a tough time finding work if laid off, or fired. Re-entering the workplace needs to be easier. Most oldsters can't retire because Social Security is all they have and that's not enough to live on.
    Like (10)
    Follow
    Share
    Do this because it’s the right thing to do simple as that!
    Like (9)
    Follow
    Share
    All discrimination is bad
    Like (9)
    Follow
    Share
    MORE