Allred Votes for Bipartisan Legislation to Protect Older Workers from Discrimination

June 23, 2021
Press Release

Washington, D.C. — Congressman Colin Allred (TX-32) today voted for the Protecting Older Workers Against Discrimination Act (POWADA) to level the playing field for older workers and restore their rights to fight back against discrimination. The bill, which has companion legislation in the Senate, passed the House with bipartisan support.

“When I look around my district in North Texas, I see the folks who built this country which is why we have to do all we can to make sure everyone is able to do their job free from discrimination,” said Allred. “I was proud to join my colleagues from both sides of the aisle in voting for this bill to make sure that no worker, no matter their age, faces discrimination in the work place.”

The Protecting Older Workers Against Discrimination Act would restore the standard of proof in age discrimination cases to the pre-2009 level, prior to the Supreme Court’s ruling in the Gross v. FBL Financial Services Inc. case, which established a higher burden of proof for these cases. This legislation is supported by a wide array of organizations including the NAACP, AARP, and the AFL-CIO.

Read the full text of the bill here.