Did you know 25 percent of Connecticut's workforce is at least 55 years or older? As our population’s demographics shift, public policy must adapt to a rapidly changing workforce. That’s why I’ll work this session to address age discrimination. As you probably know, discrimination against a potential new hire is already illegal. Unfortunately, loopholes in our law leave older workers vulnerable to bias when they apply for a job.
That’s why I’ve decided to co-sponsor a new bill that is strongly supported by the Connecticut AARP. Senator Derek Slap’s proposed legislation prohibits employers from asking an applicant for information regarding their age, date of birth, or graduation date, unless that information is related to a specific occupational qualification.