Federal and state lawmakers should ensure that laws against age discrimination offer safeguards parallel to those afforded other protected classes.
When economic conditions permit, states should accumulate budget reserves adequate to maintain services during recessions.
Federal and state laws should prohibit maximum hiring ages and mandatory retirement ages for all workers. This should include public-safety employees.
Policymakers should strengthen regulations to prohibit inquiries about age and date of birth in job applications.
Policymakers should protect the rights of older workers and workers with disabilities to receive fair and nondiscriminatory benefits.
Deficit-reduction efforts should avoid cuts in programs that serve low- and moderate-income populations.
Policymakers should use regulatory and legislative measures to prohibit discrimination against the following groups of workers:
Businesses that bid on federal, state, and local contracts should be required to report any complaints and determinations of unlawful and unfair practices.
The Equal Employment Opportunities Commission (EEOC) must vigorously enforce antidiscrimination laws on behalf of state employees.
Federal and state policymakers should work to eliminate barriers to self-employment.