The latest AARP Bulletin unveiled a blatant yet seriously underreported issue plaguing older workers in America: discrimination, also referred to as ageism. The lead article in cover story was written by Joe Kita, a distinguished investigative reporter, book author and magazine editor.
In 2018, an AARP survey discovered 3 in 5 older workers experienced age discrimination; the same survey indicated 76 percent of that cohort saw age discrimination as a real problem in finding a job. In another cited more than 50 percent of older workers are prematurely pushed out of their jobs and 90 percent never earn as much again.
Employment age discrimination is found in three areas:
- “Recruitment and hiring, when younger applicants are shown favor simply due to their age.
- “On-the-job bias, when older workers get fewer training opportunities, promotions or rewards, or are harassed.
- “Termination, when a company ‘freshens’ its workforce or trims its budget by targeting older workers.”
The federal government’s oversight agency, the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, issued a report in 2018 that said “…age discrimination remains a significant and costly problem for workers, their families and our economy.”
I will have more to say about ageism in subsequent posts.