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Age discrimination impacts older job seekers

The economic crisis and its continuing aftermath have had dire effects on the tens of thousands of unemployed people in New Jersey and on millions of others nationwide. Unfortunately, finding work is often easier said than done as jobs are scarce due to the weak economy. However, older unemployed workers may be facing an even higher burden in their struggle to find work because of age discrimination.

According to a news report, older workers are less likely to be laid off in the workplace. On the other hand, they also tend to stay unemployed longer. This is particularly true today as employers often tend to believe older workers have a harder time adjusting to new technologies. That has led to a general reluctance to hire anyone who is not young.

According to National Public Radio, two million job seekers over the age of 55 are struggling to find work. That statistic does not begin to capture the feeling of hopelessness that many feel. Some older workers have been unemployed for more than two years, collecting unemployment benefits or relying on the goodwill of others to get by.

Age discrimination in the workplace and in seeking employment is against the law, but in many cases can be difficult to prove. An older worker who feels that he or she is the victim of age discrimination can benefit from the assistance of an experienced employment law attorney who can assess the circumstances of the situation. Often, they will review the employer's documentation in order to make an appropriate assessment and protect a person's rights.

Source: The Patch, "Older Job Seekers Face Discrimination on the Path to Employment," Emily Everson, Oct. 19, 2011

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