According to an Indeed.com survey, 43 percent of workers who participated in the study fear that they will lose their jobs because of their age. This is because there is less of a stigma of discriminating against an employee based on age when compared to discrimination based on race or gender. However, workers in New York and throughout the country may not need to worry about age discrimination as much as they do.
This is because data indicates that there will be an increase in both younger and older workers between now and 2060. Furthermore, the idea that there is a retirement age or other sorts of defined age groups at work may be somewhat of a myth. The generation gap that people ascribed to in the 20th century may not be as large as technology evolves. Today, both children and adults can use the same tools to obtain and influence large groups of people.
The concept of retiring may also be changing as people tend to live longer and work later into their lives as well. Those who are over the age of 50 may want to focus more on retaining their creative skills as opposed to assuming that they are worthless as they age. Finally, getting a younger mentor can help older Americans learn new skills and remain marketable to employers as they age.
Workers who are denied a job opportunity or who are denied other opportunities to learn on the job may be victims of ageism. It may be possible to file a charge of discrimination with the EEOC or file a lawsuit against an employer. If successful, an employee may win compensation for lost wages or other damages. An attorney might represent a worker either in court or during private talks with an employer.