It’s clear that employers are often discriminating against older workers when posting job openings online. In the current issue of the AARP Bulletin, the organization presents clear evidence of this sad reality.
“The federal government has warned employers against using terms like ‘recent college graduates,’ ‘young’ or ‘college students’ in postings because they could be considered evidence of age discrimination. But when the AARP Bulletin searched for those terms in October on three major job posting sites – Linkedin, Indeed.com and Monster.com – we found thousands of examples…
“While there were a small fraction of the job openings posted online during this period, they represent thousands of jobs at which older candidates may have been denied.”
It seems clear that many employers either are unaware of the federal Equal Opportunity Commission’s instructions, or willingly dismiss them.