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AARP Foundation Litigation (AFL) is an advocate in courts nationwide for the rights of people 50 and older, addressing diverse legal issues that affect their daily lives and assuring that they have a voice in the judicial system.


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AARP Foundation Litigation:
Employment Discrimination Team


  • Daniel Kohrman
  • Laurie McCann
  • Thomas Osborne


The AFL Employment Discrimination Team’s efforts focus on challenging age discrimination in employment under the federal Age Discrimination in Employment Act (ADEA), as well as state antidiscrimination laws. In addition, because age discrimination may be compounded by discrimination based on race, sex, national origin or disability, the team works on cases that involve Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 and the Americans With Disability Act (ADA).


The team has worked on cases involving discrimination against older workers in hiring promotions, training opportunities, reductions-in-force, unfair waivers or releases of older workers’ rights, and age-based reduction or elimination of employee benefits, including early retirement incentives. Because a disproportionate number of those discriminated against because of disability are older workers, the team has challenged unduly restrictive judicial interpretations of the ADA. 


The overarching goal of the team is to ensure that ageism and unfair treatment of older workers are perceived by society to be as serious and wrong as other forms of discrimination, and to make certain that the protections for older workers, especially under the ADEA and state antidiscrimination laws, provide rights and remedies that are at a minimum on parity with those of other civil rights laws.

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Find the most recent cases in which AFL has advocated in courts nationwide for the rights of older persons, and filed AARP’s amicus curiae (“friend of the court”) briefs that help courts decide precedent-setting cases.

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