Is Poor Economy Causing More Employment-Related Age Discrimination?
With fewer jobs available in the current economy, employers have the ability to cherry-pick the cream of the crop. However, is this leaving older, more experienced workers in the dust?
According to the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, in 2011 they received 23,465 formal filings on age discrimination–a more than 35 percent rise over 2001 statistics.
KSL.com reports, “According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, the number of workers age 55-64 is projected to rise 40 percent from 2006-2016, nearly double that for those over 65. By 2016, workers age 65 and over are expected to account for 6.1 percent of the total workforce, compared with 3.6 percent a decade earlier.”
Age discrimination occurs when someone is treated differently because of their age. Individuals over 40 may be especially affected during a downturn in the economy.
According to National Public Radio, “Someone 55 or older will typically take three months longer to find employment than the average job seeker.”
However, it is tough to say if it is just age-related. Ageism claims are difficult to prove and can be costly for the individual bringing the suit.
If you feel like you have been discriminated against on a job because of your age, please visit the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission where they have information on how to file a complaint.