Proposal Increases Age Discrimination Level

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) _ A House panel has endorsed a bill that would eliminate a quirk in the state law against age discrimination.

The law says people 18 or older who believe they have faced job discrimination because of age can file a complaint with the state. The bill would change the age to 40.

The Commerce and Labor Committee's voice vote Thursday sent the measure to the House for debate.

Committee members can't explain why the age was set at 18 in 1988. The change would be consistent with federal law.

Rep. Jan Pauls, a Hutchinson Democrat, said the commission has received few complaints from people under 40.

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