Age discrimination often a barrier for older workers

| Feb 6, 2020 | Firm News |

Finding a great job often proves challenging, but you may find that the older you get, the more of a challenge it becomes. Increasingly, today’s job seekers are feeling as if their age is working against them when it comes to finding gainful employment, with many asserting that their age is the most significant hurdle preventing them from finding a job.

According to AARP, jobseekers over age 35 now claim that their age is the biggest barrier holding them back from employment. While age discrimination may take on numerous forms and might occur at any stage of the hiring, employment or firing process, most older jobseekers find that their age hinders them most during the application and interview processes.

In fact, nearly 20% of older job seekers report that their age prevents employers from hiring them. Another 12% report that their employers passed them over for promotions on account of their ages. Another 8% of older job seekers, meanwhile, say that their age resulted in a layoff or firing.

If you work for someone that employs a workforce of at least 20, your employer must follow the guidelines set by the Age Discrimination in Employment Act of 1967. If he or she employs you and at least 19 other people and still discriminates against you because of your age, you may want to consider filing a complaint with the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission. The commission received more than 20,800 age discrimination complaints in 2016 alone, highlighting a growing problem affecting many older Americans who are part of, or looking to become part of, the workforce. Find more about discrimination in the workplace on our webpage.