FREE CONSULTATIONS:

888.465.5110

NO FEE UNLESS YOU WIN

The hidden age discrimination older workers face in the job hiring process

With people living longer, many older Americans are likely to have the desire or the necessity to work past the conventional retirement age. Unfortunately, their age may be working against them when it comes to getting hired.

University of California, Irvine researchers made a surprising discovery when they applied to real job openings by sending out 40,000 identical resumes that differed only in age. “The call-back rate — the rate by which employers contact us and say we’d like to interview you — drops from young applicants to middle-aged applicants and drops further from middle-aged applicants to older applicants,” said the study’s lead author.

Under the Age Discrimination in Employment Act, it is illegal for employers to discriminate against older workers. However, companies try to get around the law by using other ways to screen for age.

For example, tobacco company R.J. Reynolds gave its job recruiters hiring guidelines that said they should avoid candidates with between eight and 10 years of experience. Ultimately, only 19 out of around 1,000 applicants hired were over the age of 40. The company was later sued after an employee blew the whistle on its hiring practices.

Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan highlighted yet another potential source of age discrimination. She claimed that ageism is built into the online job-hunting tools that millions of Americans use. The software of certain job sites can automatically exclude older workers. For instance, applicants may be unable to complete resume or profile forms because some drop-down menus do not have dates or options that accommodate older job seekers.

“Today’s workforce includes many people working in their 70s and 80s,” Madigan said. “Barring older people from commonly used job search sites because of their age is discriminatory and negatively impacts our economy.” The Illinois Civil Rights Bureau is investigating various job sites for potential age discrimination.

[footer block_id=’778′]

Read more

Rising number of sexual harassment lawsuits signals change

Rising number of sexual harassment lawsuits signals change

The launch of movements like #MeToo and Times Up has brought sexual harassment to the forefront of the public conversation over the past few months. The impact is being seen in workplaces...

READ ARTICLE

California water department faces racial discrimination and sexual harassment lawsuit

The California Department of Water Resources (DWR) was recently accused of racial discrimination and sexual harassment. The city of Oroville in Northern California sued the water agency, claiming its toxic work environment...

READ ARTICLE

Los Angeles port trucking companies sued for driver misclassification

Los Angeles has been locked in a legal battle with three large port trucking companies over the alleged exploitation of drivers. California Cartage Transportation Express, CMI Transportation and K&R Transportation were accused...

READ ARTICLE

African American worker says Tesla is a ‘hotbed for racist behavior’ in lawsuit

An African-American employee sued Tesla for racial harassment, describing its California factory as a “hotbed for racist behavior.” The company, which was hit with a string of lawsuits last year, has been...

READ ARTICLE
SEEN ON
bloomberg
sfgate
kpix
cnnmoney
marin-ij
dailypost
news10