Tuesday, July 23, 2013

New study underscores old issue: age bias is real

The study by a Princeton University researcher, according to The New York Times, comes as the number of workplace age-discrimination complaints soars, amid a decline in racial and sex-bias cases.

"The older generation, those born from 1946 to 1964, accounts for the fastest-growing segment of workplace discrimination claims," the NYT says. "In 2012, 22,875 people filed age claims with the federal Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, compared with 15,875 in 1997. That represents 23% of all the individuals filing claims in 2012 vs. 19% in 1997. At the same time, the percentage of people filing race claims has decreased to 33% of all claimants, from 36%; its held steady at 30% for sex discrimination."

1 comment:

  1. Didn't USA Today just purge a bunch of older employees?

    If the government ever cracked down on illegal age discrimination in the workplace, I mean seriously put some teeth in the employment laws, Gannett would seriously have to rethink one of its key strategies for bolstering the bottom line.

    For as long as I can remember, Gannett has not be an age-friendly employer, but the company gets away with it because individual lawsuits don't really cost much to defend or pay out compared with keeping older workers (with high salaries) on the payroll. It's just one of the lovely ruthless things this company has always done.

    Unless you want to live with the stress of being laid off or pushed out, I would recommend finding a new place of employment before you turn 50. I am not trying to be dramatic ... it's just the reality of working for a company like Gannett ... a company that is never going to win any awards for being a great place to work.


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