Davis Amendment Passes As Part of Protecting Older Workers Against Discrimination Act
U.S. Rep. Rodney Davis (R-Ill.) today announced his bipartisan amendment to study the disproportionate discrimination of older women in the workforce has passed the House as part of H.R. 1230, Protecting Older Workers Against Discrimination Act. The amendment then requires government agencies to make recommendations for best practices to combat age discrimination of women in the workforce.
Davis is one of 11 Republican cosponsors of H.R. 1230, which he voted in favor of today on the House floor. The amendment and the underlying bill are supported by the AARP.
"AARP applauds Rep. Davis for his work to pass bipartisan legislation to help fight age discrimination in the workplace,” said Bill Sweeney, Sr. Vice President of Government Affairs, AARP. “Older workers are a valuable asset to their employers and the economy, yet more than 6 in 10 report seeing or experiencing age discrimination on the job. We thank Rep. Davis for cosponsoring and helping to pass this common-sense, bipartisan bill."
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Davis' remarks in support of his amendment and H.R. 1230:
I rise in support of my bipartisan amendment to H.R. 1230, the Protecting Older Workers Against Discrimination Act.
I’d like to thank my friends on both sides of the aisle for their cosponsorship of my amendment including Representatives Chellie Pingree, Elise Stefanik, Haley Stevens, Jenniffer González-Colón, Marcy Kaptur, Abigail Spanberger, Betty McCollum, Mark DeSaulnier, David Trone, Chris Smith, Pete Stauber, Will Hurd, and Mike Bost. I’d also like to thank Chairman Scott for his support.
I was proud to cosponsor this bill which provides an important fix caused by the 2009 Gross versus FBL Financial Services, Inc. Supreme Court decision. This bill will ensure that older workers can seek the justice they deserve when they face age discrimination in the workplace, on a level playing field.
My amendment highlights the discrimination that women face in the workplace based not only on gender, but on age as well.
According to a 2018 report from the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC), “women, especially older women, but also those at middle age, were subjected to more age discrimination than older men.”
In fact, some research suggests that ageism at work begins at age 40 for women, five years earlier than men. This is unacceptable, and we must find ways to correct the problem.
This amendment would require the Department of Labor and the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission to conduct a comprehensive study on these age discrimination cases.
DOL and the EEOC would then be required to make recommendations for best practices to combat age discrimination of women in the workplace.
The challenges that women face are not partisan issues, and together we can and should make every effort to address them.
Employers should make, and have the right tools to make, conscious efforts to ensure that women have equal rights and opportunities in the workplace, regardless of their age.
I encourage my colleagues to support my amendment and vote yes on H.R. 1230 to protect older adults from age discrimination.
Thank you, and I reserve the balance of my time.