New Jersey Workers Facing Legal Age Discrimination May Soon Have Relief


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New Jersey Workers Facing Legal Age Discrimination May Soon Have Relief

Advocates, including AARP, have attempted to reignite interest in passing legislation to criminalize one of the last legal forms of employment discrimination in New Jersey. This is age discrimination, which for those age 70 and above, is currently allowable in many cases.

Currently, employers in New Jersey are not prohibited from choosing not to hire or promote workers who are age 70 or above. Additionally, forced retirement is allowable in many cases.

Age discrimination is becoming a growing issue in New Jersey as those age 65+ are one of the fastest-growing parts of the workforce. Currently, those 65+ make up 21% of the workforce in NJ, and this is expected to grow to 35% by 2022.

Before the pandemic, New Jersey lawmakers were discussing bills A681/S397. These bills would remove language allowing employers to deny employment or promotions due to age and would block forced retirements in many cases. 

However, this legislation has failed to make any headway since early March. Now advocates such as AARP are calling on legislators to finally pass the legislation.