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April 22, 2018

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Age Discrimination
Last Featured: 9/1/2003

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When the Florida Power Corporation fired Wanda Adams during a series of reorganizations in the early 1990's, she went to court to fight for her job accusing the company of age discrimination along with 116 of her fellow employees. Adams and her supporters say ageism should be punished as one would race or gender discrimination. The business community counters that age is different. Older workers with seniority carry higher salaries than younger workers and some have difficulty handling physical labor. These are concerns, they say, that have no parallel in race or gender situations. This case has since settled in mediation, but with an aging baby boom generation, is a civil rights movement for older workers on the horizon?

Zachary Fasman is a partner in the New York office of Paul Hastings, Janofsky & Walker where he represents management in labor relations, equal employment and employee benefit matters and has successfully argued two employment cases before the United States Supreme Court. A graduate of the University of Michigan Law School, Mr. Fasman is the author of What Business Must Know About the ADA, and the co-author of The Employment Law Compliance Handbook and The EqualEmployment Audit Manual.

Howard Eglit is a professor of law at Chicago Kent College of Law where his scholarly interests are in the areas of law and aging, employment discrimination, constitutional law and remedies. He has authored numerous journal articles and a three-volume treatise entitled Age Discrimination. A graduate of the University of Chicago Law School, Professor Eglit has served as an attorney with the federal government and as legislative assistant to the late Congressman William F. Ryan.

Closing Quote
"No matter how they make you feel, you should always watch elders carefully. They were you and you will be them. You carry the seeds of your old age in you at this very moment, and they hear the echoes of their childhood each time they see you."

— Theologian Kent Nerburn

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The Age Discrimination in Employment Act of 1967
St. Petersburg Times article: Florida Power settles age bias cases
Findlaw's FAQs about age discrimination
AARP Statement on Age Discrimination
The U.S. Chamber of Commerce Brief in Florida Age Discrimination Case
U.S. Equal Opportunity Employment Commission: Facts About Age Discrimination
The Gray Panthers
Administration on Aging
World Assembly on Ageing II Political Declaration (Global Action on Aging)
Sociology of Aging
Update: St. Petersburg Times
Age Works: What Corporate America Must Do to Survive the Graying of the Workforce
by Beverly Goldberg
Job Discrimination II: How to Fight, How to Win
by Jeffrey M. Bernbach
Race and the Justice System
Employment Discrimination Post-Ledbetter
The Women's Equality Amendment