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AARP Fighting For Older Workers
CEDAR RAPIDS, IA (CBS2/FOX28) - Two out of every three older American workers said in a 2013 AARP survey that they've experienced or witnessed age discrimination in the workplace.
On Thursday, at a forum put on by the AARP at the Hotel at Kirkwood in Cedar Rapids, the issue was addressed.
A bipartisan effort lead by Iowa's Senators, Tom Harkin and Chuck Grassley, is hoping to help older workers. The bill is called the "Protecting Older Workers Against Discrimination Act."
AARP members said the recent recession has made it harder for workers to retire.
"So continuing on the job is really important for these workers, and if they're discriminated against, it's not going to happen," Eric Schneidewind, the President elect for the national AARP said.
The AARP is asking Iowans to contact their congressional leaders to join the fight against age discrimination. Schneidewind said he also asks Iowans to express their support to Senators Harkin and Grassley. They can join the fight by clicking here:
The AARP also offers a free booklet called, "7 Smart Strategies for 50 Jobseekers." Folks interested in the booklet can call the AARP and ask for book #D19781.
They have an online job fair for older workers planned for June 3rd. For more information on that register at: