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Bill Would Overturn Supreme Court Age Bias Ruling

Democrats in Congress are trying to overturn another Supreme Court decision that makes it harder for some workers to prove employment bias.

This time, they are taking aim at a 5-4 ruling from earlier this year that changed a long-standing interpretation of age discrimination laws. The court said workers must show age was the decisive factor in a demotion or layoff.

Previously, older workers had to show only that age was one factor in the employment decision.

Iowa Sen. Tom Harkin is sponsoring a bill that would have the effect of reversing the ruling.

Earlier this year, Congress passed a measure that gives workers more time to take their pay discrimination cases to court. That measure effectively reversed a 2007 Supreme Court decision that said workers had only 180 days to file pay-discrimination lawsuits.