Age Bias Ruling May Usher Stronger Civil Rights Protections

By R. Scott Oswald (April 14, 2020, 5:34 PM EDT) -- Many grocery stores nowadays use a special free-from label to promote products that contain no trace of shady ingredients,[1] such as high-fructose corn syrup.

Last week, with its opinion in Babb v. Wilkie, the U.S. Supreme Court gave us a new reason to seek out "free from" phrasing — as a marker of pure anti-discrimination statutes that enjoin all bias, rather than only those actions that provably change an outcome.

With this new road map, Congress now should start adding its own "free from" text to civil rights laws that need stronger enforcement.

The court's April 6 decision in Babb concerns...

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