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California Passes Bill Requiring IMDb To Remove Actors' Ages From Site — But Does The Law Prevent Age Discrimination Or Suppress Free Speech?

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This is an interesting law to have been passed!

On Saturday afternoon, California Governor Jerry Brown signed legislation requiring entertainment websites like IMDb to remove — or not post in the first place — an actor's age or birthday upon request from the specific actor.

The law, known now as AB 1687, will take effect on January 1, and applies almost exclusively to the entertainment industry in a bid to prevent rampant age discrimination in Hollywood and elsewhere.

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The law applies to any entertainment database site (like IMDb) that allows paid subscribers to post head shots, resumes, and other information for prospective employers.

And while it doesn't just apply to actors, but rather the entire industry, it stands that actors will likely be the most affected ones here.

Gabrielle Carteris, a SAG-AFTRA spokeswoman, spoke about the bill being passed and what it will do for performers now that this has been taken seriously, saying:

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BBC Anchor Wins Age Discrimination Case Against Network!

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This is pretty crummy. We're glad that they're taking responsibility - as they rightfully should.

The BBC has been found guilty of age discrimination after a female anchor with more than 20 years of experience took them to court for being being unfairly fired earlier last year!

Miriam O'Reilly worked as an anchor on the BBC1 rural affairs program Countryfile. When network controller Jay Hunt moved the program to a weekday primetime slot, she and two other female presenters were replaced with younger talent, despite the show's older men anchors successfully making the transition.

O'Reilly claimed in the employment tribunal that managers thought that she was "too old" for prime time, and even offered her hair dye to make her appear younger!

Just awful!

Luckily, in light of the ruling, she is expected to receive a significant payout, and a spokesperson for the BBC has released the following statement:

"We accept the findings of the tribunal and would like to apologize to Miriam. We will be speaking to her. We would like to acknowledge the important contribution Miriam has made to the BBC over more than 20 years and we would welcome the opportunity to discuss working with her again in the future."

Well, we're glad steps are being taken to rectify the situation, but that doesn't excuse this even happening to begin with!

Deplorable!

May this never happen again!

Thoughts??

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