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NYS Senate Takes Important Step to Fight Workplace Age Discrimination

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Passes Sen. Liz Krueger’s Bill Prohibiting Employers from Requiring Job Applicants to Disclose Age; AARP Urges Assembly to Follow Suit

ALBANY, N.Y. – AARP New York State Director Beth Finkel issued the following statement following the New York State Senate’s passage today of legislation to prohibit employers from requiring job applicants to disclose their age, date of birth or date of graduation:

“The State Senate has taken an important step to fight the scourge of workplace age discrimination by passing Senator Liz Krueger’s bill (S1480) to prevent employers from requiring job applicants to disclose their age, date of birth or date of graduation.

“Workplace age discrimination is all too prevalent. And the pandemic has put a disproportionate number of older workers out of work, where they find it harder than younger ones to get back in the workforce - and at a decent wage. Add to that our rapidly aging population and the steep economic toll workplace age discrimination against Americans 50 and older takes – robbing the U.S. economy of $850 billion in 2018 alone – and this is the time to act.

“AARP New York thanks Senator Krueger for her leadership in this fight. We need to take age discrimination just as seriously as other forms of discrimination, and we look forward to the Assembly passing Aging Committee Chair Ron Kim’s companion bill (A7550).”

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About AARP AARP is the nation’s largest nonprofit, nonpartisan organization dedicated to empowering people 50 and older to choose how they live as they age. With a nationwide presence and nearly 38 million members, AARP strengthens communities and advocates for what matters most to families: health security, financial stability and personal fulfillment. AARP also produces the nation's largest circulation publications: AARP The Magazine and AARP Bulletin. To learn more, visit www.aarp.org or follow @AARP and @AARPadvocates on social media.

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