Rep. Luria Protects Older Workers From Age Discrimination

June 23, 2021
Press Release
WASHINGTON, D.C.— Congresswoman Elaine Luria today voted to increase protections for seniors in the workplace. The Protecting Older Workers from Discrimination Act of 2021 restores critical protections in the Age Discrimination in Employment Act (ADEA) and make it easier for employees to prove when they are a victim of age discrimination in the workplace.

“I will speak out against discrimination in all its forms,” Congresswoman Luria said. “Today, workers that allege age discrimination must meet an undue legal burden not faced by workers alleging discrimination based on race, sex, national origin or religion. This bipartisan bill will make finding and keeping a job easier for seniors.”  

In 2009, a U.S. Supreme Court ruling (Gross v. FBL Financial Services) weakened the ADEA by imposing a significantly higher burden of proof on workers alleging age discrimination than is required of workers alleging other forms of workplace discrimination.

Congresswoman Luria has been a consistent advocate for Coastal Virginia’s seniors. Earlier this year, Congresswoman Elaine Luria supported the Senior Security Act, the Fraud and Scam Reduction Act, and the Protecting Seniors from Emergency Scams Act. All three of these bills focus on better understanding and tackling fraud and scams that seniors regularly experience. In the 116th Congress, she cosponsored a resolution expressing support for the Older Americans Bill of Rights which seeks to uphold seniors’ fundamental rights. She also voted for the Lower Drug Costs Now Act, which would lower the costs of prescription drugs for seniors.

Congresswoman Elaine Luria represents Virginia’s 2nd Congressional District. She serves on the House Armed Services Committee, where she is the committee’s Vice Chair, the House Committee on Veterans’ Affairs, where she serves as Chair of the Disability Assistance and Memorial Affairs Subcommittee, and the House Committee on Homeland Security.