EEOC Age Discrimination Report Challenges Employers To Embrace Older Workers

Contributed by BreAnna Bell

Forbes reports, age discrimination is still very high but often goes unreported, says a new report by the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission.

The EEOC cites a forthcoming AARP study of Americans 45-plus either working or looking for work that shows that 6 out of 10 older workers have seen or experienced age discrimination in the workplace, and 90% of those say it is common.

The profile of claimants are changing, the report says. More women than men are filing reports, the racial profile of claimants is becoming more diverse, and older people are filing more reports.

The ADEA, a civil rights law for older workers (age 40-plus), requires employers to consider individual ability, rather than assumptions about age, in making employment decisions. That can include discriminatory firing, denial of benefits, mandatory retirement policies and more recently—discriminatory hiring policies

Every state except South Dakota has its own law prohibiting age discrimination.

To learn more about age discrimination laws in the workplace, see here.

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