Bloomberg Law
May 26, 2020, 10:15 AM

Older Workers Returning to Office Fear Both Virus and Job Loss

Erin Mulvaney
Erin Mulvaney

Older workers, among the most vulnerable to the deadly consequences of the coronavirus, face a sobering choice: Return to work and risk exposure, or refuse and face potential retaliation.

If this growing sector of the workforce wants to challenge hiring and firing decisions in court, they’ll encounter legal hurdles while dealing with a more difficult economic recovery compared to younger workers. Return-to-work plans on the horizon and companies reducing their workforce may mean a spike in age discrimination claims, employment attorneys and academics say.

“Any time there is an economic event or downturn, the older workers bear the brunt of ...

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