Research shows that after the Great Recession, it took older workers who were displaced about twice as long to find a new job as younger workers.

Workers aged 50 and over have a harder time finding work than younger workers, research shows.
Meanwhile, surveys suggest that this group believes they face age bias in the workplace.
Here, an expert shares how workers can prove they were discriminated against in hiring decisions. 

 I’m a 56-year-old IT specialist with a solid track record and resume, and I’ve been unemployed for over a year. I estimate I’ve applied to over 300 jobs. I’m not sure why I’m not getting them, but I suspect ageism has something to do with it. 

Last October, I was laid off from a major computer company, where I’d worked for five years, as part of a corporate realignment. Before that, I’d worked at another big tech company for 20 years. 

I apply for every job for which I’m remotely qualified. And I’ve had exactly 31 interviews, most with frontline recruiters. I’ve been a finalist for a job a few times, but it’s always gone to someone else, often decades younger.

I’ve lowered my expectations and I’m still not having any luck. One company offered me a help desk position for half the salary I was making. A recruiting coach suggested removing all dates from my resume and hinted that I start dying my hair. 

I see my age and experience as an asset and it bothers me that companies don’t. I want to call them out on their prejudice. What can I do?

Ours is a youth-obsessed culture and the workplace is no exception. A 2022 survey from AARP of nearly 3,000 of its members found that roughly two-thirds of workers over the age of 50 say they believe older employees face age discrimination at work. AARP, the advocacy group, conducted the survey online and by phone. 

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And the current moment’s shaky economy is likely compounding the problem when it comes to hiring. Research shows that after the Great Recession, it took older workers who were displaced about twice as long to find a new job as younger workers. What’s more, older workers who were unemployed for six months or more had far worse outcomes in reemployment, including 59% who made less money than in their previous job.

To find out what you might do about it, I spoke to Ray Peeler, associate legal counsel at the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, a federal agency that oversees enforcement of workplace-discrimination laws. He told me that when it comes to hiring discrimination, “The difficulty lies in not knowing who got selected, what differentiated that person from you, and whether or not you were more qualified for the role.”

To make a claim in court under the Age Discrimination and Employment Act, which covers workers ages 40 and older, Peeler said that you first have to file a charge of discrimination with the EEOC. These charges generally have to be filed within 180 or 300 days of …read more

Source:: Business Insider


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