New New Jersey Law Outlaws Age Discrimination for Those 70+

Posted on 12/31/21 by The AARP Bulletin

Nearly 8 in 10 people 40 and older have seen or experienced age discrimination in the workplace, according to AARP research. 

Thanks to a new law championed by AARP, New Jersey employers can no longer refuse to hire or promote people 70 and older because of their age. The state’s anti-age-discrimination laws previously had a carve-out for people over 70. Now that exception has been eliminated. 

Also, colleges and universities cannot require tenured employees to retire at 70, and government employers must adhere to a higher standard for forcing workers over 70 into retirement, allowing it only if the employees cannot carry out their duties. 

Participation of older people in the workforce is growing; by 2030, 32 percent of people 65 to 74 and 12 percent of those 75 and older are projected to be working, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics. 

This story is provided by AARP New Jersey. Visit the AARP New Jersey page for more news, events, and programs affecting retirement, health care, and more.

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