Announcing the Launch of an Indiegogo Crowdfunding Campaign to Fight Age Discrimination

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In celebration of International Women’s Day on March 8, we are excited to announce the launch of a campaign to raise awareness for POWADA, the Protecting Older Workers Against Discrimination Act, and to raise funds for the legal fees of a former NASA employee who has filed an age discrimination complaint (Agency Docket No. NCN-12-ARC-0014) against the agency. POWADA also expands the definition of retaliation under Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964.

No Bullies

Recent Supreme Court rulings have narrowed the definition of age discrimination, making it increasingly difficult for employees to win a lawsuit against a private employer. Raising awareness of POWADA is critical to help combat long term unemployment, a growing problem with "Over 50" workers and the #1 social and economic problem in America today.

Many older workers at NASA allegedly found themselves bullied out of work or laid off when the space shuttle program ended. Employees who were "Over 40" were allegedly let go, and younger workers were allegedly moved into key positions throughout the agency.

Crowdfunding legal and living expenses provides a new mechanism for leveling the playing field in workplace bullying and discrimination complaints. The Indiegogo crowdfunding campaign http://www.indiegogo.com/projects/help-me-crowdfund-my-legal-fees is one of the first of its kind. Indiegogo will match $1 for every $25 contributed to ‪#‎WomensDay‬‬ campaigns. Any contributions that are not used will be donated to positive aging and anti-bullying causes.

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