employment discrimination is a serious problem that can affect anyone, young and old. A recently-released
study from the University of California at Irvine and Tulane University
has concluded that
age discrimination in particular is getting out of hand but no one is noticing.
Researchers created 40,000 job applications under dummy pseudonyms, each
one making note of the “applicant’s” age, and sent them
to a myriad of employers who stated that they were actively hiring. Data
was then collected based on the callback rates for each job. It found
that people between 49 and 51 years of age got callbacks 29% less often
than younger applicants for administrative positions, despite qualifications
being essentially the same. Any applicant over 64 years old was 47% less
likely to get a callback.
12% Jobless Rate for 55 & Older Americans
The university researchers are not the only ones looking into the issue
of ageism in the American workplace. The Schwartz Center for Economic
Policy Analysis (SCEPA) also conducted data research of its own.
A cursory glance at the jobless rate of people over 55 reveals it is at
3.5%. The nation’s average is about 4.9%, so that seems pretty fantastic.
However, looking deeper into the issue showed the real truth. Factoring
workers in part-time positions but looking for full-time, unemployed workers
who recently stopped looking for employment, and those who stopped seeking
employment more than one month ago, the number actually rises to 12%.
This equates to 2.5 million older Americans who are looking for gainful
employment but cannot find it. And, those who actually do regain employment,
usually do so at a 25% wage drop from what they were earning before.
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How Can Age Discrimination Be Handled?
When it comes to employment discrimination of any kind, it is important
to create lasting, effective legislation that directly addresses the issue.
But the underlying problem is when discrimination is done subtly, such
as during the hiring process. An employer that puts aside the job application
of someone over 55 could cite any number of reasons, like a lack of references
or field experience, when the actual reason is ageism.
For cases of age discrimination in the workplace that sidestep regulations
and laws, litigation is often the only answer. If you need to create a
lawsuit for fair compensation and treatment after facing discrimination
at work, or by a potential employer, you should call
404.471.3725 to reach Buckley Beal LLP. Our Atlanta employment law attorneys can bring
85+ years of total legal experience to your case, so
contact us today.