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How age plays a role in career decisions

New York workers may want to stay in the workforce for as long as possible. In fact, that may actually be beneficial to society according to a study from the Federal Reserve Bank of San Francisco. As the population ages, there will be an impact to the Social Security system. This may be addressed by asking workers to wait until a later age to start taking their benefits.

However, even if workers want to keep working for as long as possible, age discrimination may prevent them from doing so. At best, it may prevent them from doing anything other than part-time or short-term work prior to retiring. In an experiment that involved sending fake resumes to 13,000 job ads, younger "applicants" received more callbacks than the older fictitious ones. Those who were between the ages of 64 and 66 were the most likely to not hear back from an employer.

Employers are generally not allowed to discriminate against employees based on their age, and the federal Age Discrimination in Employment Act provides protections in this regard to people who are 40 or over. This applies to both hiring decisions and other actions such as providing job training or promotions. The enforcement of this law is handled by the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission.

Those who are denied a job or an opportunity for advancement because of their age may be experiencing discrimination in the workplace. An attorney can review the case and determine if it occurred. If so, there are a few possible lines of recourse, including filing a claim with the EEOC.

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