It's Labor Day, so you'll hear a lot about the recipes, sales, and the weather – especially if Dorian has Florida in her sights.
But with its roots in 19th century labor movements, Labor Day is a good time to remember that workers over 65 – the fastest growing segment of the workforce – are often victims of age discrimination are. Americans work longer – and often need jobs until the 1960s and beyond – because pensions are disappearing, the desire to maximize social security benefits, and the expectation that they will need more money and medical costs increase with increasing longevity ,
With the help of news organizations of public interest such as ProPublica bipartisan laws that facilitate the detection of age discrimination, and class action lawsuits, seniors may have the chance to assert themselves or to get new jobs ,
It's a tough fight. Older workers are often discriminated against because they are more expensive than younger workers because of their seniority, and in the technology industry the ubiquitous view prevails that they are not quick enough ̵
According to a In the CNBC story some applications indicate a "maximum" amount of work experience or have a drop-down list of birth years that does not go far enough to include older applicants.
For example, IBM was the subject of a ProPublica inquiry last year, which found, among other things, a confidential planning document that spoke of a "proper seniority mix" and strategies to help workers in the workplace Urging early retirement. Some workers were told that their skills were outdated, and they were hired as contract workers at lower wages without social benefits.
Like previous workers fighting for the 40-hour workweek and against child labor, older workers should be aware of age discrimination, whether at work or in search of employment. If you believe you are being excluded from a job because of your age, you should call the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission at 1-800-669-4000 to discuss your situation. If you're applying for a job, you may want to improve your social media skills and shorten your resume to eliminate older experiences. However, you should also know that someone who asks you about your age violates the law ].
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