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Age discrimination has been illegal in America for 50 years. But thanks to loopholes in the hiring process, many Americans aged 40 and older still experience illegal age discrimination.

Under Connecticut Public Act 21-69, as of 10/1/21 employers without a bona fide reason can no longer ask for age-related information on initial job applications, including graduation and school attendance dates. Now, more applicants will be considered based on their qualifications, not stereotypes or outdated assumptions. This new law levels the playing field for experienced workers.

AARP Connecticut has fought for this legislation and garnered support from business associations in recent years. When older and younger generations collaborate in the workplace, they share knowledge, nourish each other professionally, and drive success.

Free resources for employers, including webinars and the AARP Employer Pledge Program, can be found at