Age discrimination is not a new concept and has been happening for as long as most of us can remember despite the fact that it is illegal in the US and most western societies. According to EEOC.gov, age discrimination involves treating someone (an applicant or employee) less favorably because of his or her age.
The Age Discrimination in Employment Act (ADEA) forbids age discrimination against people who are age 40 or older. Despite this fact, age discrimination still exists, especially for female job applicants in their mid-60s according to a recent study of employer discrimination in hiring published by squaredawayblog.com. The study, according to the article, found “strong and robust” evidence that female job applicants in their mid-60s were much less likely to be called in for interviews for low-skill jobs than were younger women. Evidence of age discrimination among older men was more mixed, the article states, or even non-existent in one occupation.
“It seems there was age discrimination for women – no matter what,” said Patrick Button, an economist at Tulane University.
The article notes that researchers sent out “more than 40,000 mock applications for jobs advertised online in 12 cities. The “applicants” fell into three age groups – 29-31, 49-51, and 64-66 – and submitted resumés in four job categories: retail sales, office administration, security guard, and janitor”.
The results of the research definitely revealed age discrimination, particularly for positions such as receptionist or office manager in the Office Administration category which tends to be predominantly occupied by women. The older women were much less likely to be called for interviews, the article stated. There were also less calls for interviews in the sales and security categories for the older women. Interestingly, the two predominantly male jobs, security guard and janitor, showed little evidence of age discrimination, the article notes.
“The findings from this study hold implications for older workers, and particularly women, seeking a change in their full-time job or planning to ease into being fully retired by taking a part-time job”, the article concludes.
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