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Men and women suffer nearly equal amounts of age bias at work

New York readers may assume that women are more likely than men to encounter ageism in the workplace. However, according to a new survey by the website Fairgodboss, that's not the case.

In order to learn more about ageism in the American workplace, researchers for Fairgodboss, which caters to professional women, polled 1,000 workers who were age 40 and above. Surprisingly, they found that 72% of respondents had never experienced ageism. However, 13% of male respondents and 12% of female respondents said they believed their age stopped them from landing a job. Meanwhile, 8% of men felt they missed out on promotions due to their age compared to 7% of women. In addition, 12% of men said they had heard co-workers make negative remarks about their age compared to 10% of women.

As for the age at which workers said they started noticing age discrimination, 35% of men and 39% of women said it began before they turned 45 years old. An additional 21% of men and 21% of women said they first noticed ageism between the ages of 45 and 49. The most common types of age-related stereotypes experienced by the survey's participants included not having adequate tech knowledge and skills, being unwilling or unable to learn new skills, not having as much drive or stamina as younger workers, not being as productive as younger workers and being paid too much. Despite this, around 75% of participants said they don't fear being prematurely driven from the workplace due to their age.

Individuals who suffer age-related workplace discrimination might benefit from speaking to an employment law attorney about their situation. After evaluating the case, legal counsel may help file a discrimination claim with the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission. This action might lead to a settlement that covers lost wages, mental anguish and other related damages.

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