It would be a public relations nightmare for a single American corporation to wage the battle against older workers that is going on in federal court right now.
That’s why major American corporations are hiding behind the equivalent of “legal” super PACs (political action committees) to make their case. These PACs are akin to “political” super PACs that allow big donors to influence the course of national U.S. elections.
These legal super PACs, with their deep corporate pockets, include:
- The Equal Employment Advisory Council (EEAC), which calls itself “a nationwide association of employers organized in 1976 to promote sound approaches to the elimination of employment discrimination.” When you read the name, you may think the organization promotes equal employment but, alas, it lobbies for a membership base that includes “over 250 major U.S. corporations” whose primary interest is economic, not equal rights.
- The U.S. Chamber of Commerce describes itself the “world’s largest business organization.” It represents the interests of more than 3 million businesses, including leading industry associations and large corporations. The chamber claims it protects business interests in Washington, D.C. but it also lobbies federal courts around the country.
The EEAC and the Chamber both have filed briefs to protect employers “rights” to engage in blatant age discrimination in hiring in the case of Villarreal v. R.J. Reynolds Tobacco Co., Pinstripe, Inc., etc. Continue reading “Legal ‘Pacs’ Lobby for Age Discrimination in Hiring”