Since the Protecting Older Workers Against Discrimination Act cleared the House in January 2021, Law360 (subscription) has published a feature including commentary from some of the nation’s top employment attorneys on how the bill could significantly change the way workplace discrimination cases are handled. If enacted, the bill would amend civil rights laws to treat age-related employment claims the same as complaints related to race, gender and other categories protected by separate statutes, and would impose a much lighter standard of proof on employees.

“Causation standards sound highly technical, but are important in practice — especially in the real world context of employment relationships,” said Lieff Cabraser partner Rachel Geman, who specializes in employment law.

“The development (driven by a series of judicial decisions) of different causation standards under different anti-discrimination law runs the risk of confusion in the courts,” noted Geman. “The legislature has rightly stepped in.”

Read the full piece on the Law360 website.

About Rachel Geman

A partner in Lieff Cabraser’s New York office, Rachel Geman’s practice is dedicated to employment lawconsumer protection, and recovering money for the government lost to fraud through False Claims Act litigation. On behalf of her clients, Ms. Geman has filed qui tam suits in multiple courts involving numerous industries that are under investigation, and is presently involved in active litigation involving off-label and kickback claims in the pharmaceutical industry. Her current class action cases involve employment discrimination, consumer civil rights, and consumer protection.

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