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Baltimore–Currently, Marylanders aged 62+ who work fewer than 25 hours a week can be paid LESS than the current minimum wage. AARP MD will testify on Tuesday, February 11 in front of the Maryland House in support of HB 295—The Maryland Minimum Wage Act of 2014—which would repeal this provision and guarantee older Marylanders that right to the same minimum wage as younger citizens.
“This is an issue of equity and fairness,” says AARP MD Advocacy Director Tammy Bresnahan ( follow Tammy on Twitter), who is testifying on behalf of AARP MD. “AARP believes in the fundamental right of all people to be free from employment discrimination, and we are working to champion measures to strengthen laws against age discrimination at the federal and state levels.”
Older workers were hard hit by the recent recession, experiencing record-long periods of unemployment and the inability to find new jobs. Other older workers held on to their jobs, but are opting to delay retirement because they want to work or, increasingly, because they cannot afford to retire. In both cases, the persistence of age discrimination, subtle or blatant, remains a significant barrier to older workers being hired or retaining jobs.
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