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Age discrimination holds back older workers

Older adults in New York report that they have a difficult time seeking employment or pursuing promotions. While younger workers may be doubtful about the prevalence of age discrimination in the workplace, older people more frequently report that they face unfair treatment or penalties due to their age. Overall, around 50% of Americans said in one study that they believe age discrimination continues to pose a problem on the job. While only 43% of those under 45 agreed with this statement, 60% of those 60 and over said it was true.

This could indicate several issues. In some cases, younger workers may simply be less aware of incidents of age discrimination. Federal law classifies age discrimination as that which affects workers 40 and over, holding them back from hiring, promotion or pay. However, around 75% of adults 60 and over said that their age put them at a disadvantage when looking for a job. About 65% of those aged 45 to 59 also said the same. Around 10% of people aged 60 and up said that they had been specifically passed over for a raise, promotion or other advancement opportunity due to age; a full 20% of those aged 45 to 59 said the same.

This type of workplace discrimination can be particularly harmful to older workers who suffer from layoffs. They may struggle to find new employment that matches their prior jobs in terms of pay, responsibility or opportunities for the future.

Workers continue to face employment discrimination on the basis of multiple pretexts, including race, religion, sex, national origin and age. People who have been fired or rejected from a job for discriminatory reasons may consult with an employment lawyer about their opportunities to seek justice.

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