With the national percentages of unemployment starting to shrink to more manageable levels, a segment of the population is still feeling the burn of the lack of available positions through age discrimination – older job seekers.
Time Magazine stated in a recent story that “2.5 million older Americans want a job but do not have one.” That means millions of those that fall after the 18-34 demographic are seeing the least amount of success in their job hunting, which is discouraging to say the least.
One of the primary reasons older workers tend to struggle in obtaining closer to entry-level positions is that, oftentimes, their experience and knowledge lends to a higher starting pay than that of a recent graduate. This also includes any full-time benefits, such as health insurance, that would certainly cost more for an older worker than a younger one.
This active age discrimination is an illegal practice, yet is often difficult to prove. More times than not, discrimination of this type would occur during the hiring process, which means a company could provide any number of reasons as to why an applicant wouldn’t be a great fit for their team. Citing concerns such as scheduling or too little/too much experience for the specific position, businesses are not required to hire a certain number of older workers.
Job seekers are then left to look for low-paying retail jobs without much room for growth or are forced to give up on the search altogether. It’s been noted by research that older employees “are more likely to suffer long-term unemployment or drop out of the labor force and when re-employed are more likely to experience a significant cut in pay.” And combined with a lack of encouragement from the hiring scene, many end up taking too long of a break between jobs, which becomes a difficult factor to move forward in the interview questioning process.
Not only that, older employees currently seeking work are often considered a “flight risk,” due to the fear that they may not enjoy the lower position and may leave at the first sight of a better one. With these unfair factors in mind, millions of Americans are unable to find a way to get by.
Protection Against Age Discrimination
However, not all hope is lost, as there are programs, websites and nonprofits that exist for helping older employees find work in their field. Places like the Senior Job Bank and Workforce50 concentrate on finding open positions in multiple fields. This relief can help push these unemployed to continue searching and ultimately find work, no matter what obstacles lie in their path.
If you feel that your experience in the workforce, whether on the job or in the hiring process, was clearly age discrimination, then you may have an employment discrimination case. Although tricky to navigate, these cases are not impossible. With strong help on your side, you can act upon this injustice and seek the settlement you deserve. Please give us a call today at 215-592-8080. We would love to see how we can help!