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Reporting age discrimination to HR or the EEOC

A survey of older adults conducted by the American Association of Retired Persons indicated that almost 66 percent of respondents had witnessed or experienced age discrimination in the workplace. Only three percent make complaints though, according to the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission. For older workers in New York, it is important to know how to report instances of age discrimination, and what rights they have.

EEOC takes harder stance on ageism

Employees over the age of 40 in New York and throughout the country are protected by the Age Discrimination in Employment Act. However, age discrimination still happens, and the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, or EEOC, is getting tougher when it comes to pursuing age discrimination claims. The acting chair of the EEOC said that it was a topic she takes personal interest in.

Lawsuits claim older workers blocked from seeing online job ads

Most job seekers in New York turn to the internet, but the demographic targeting enabled by online advertisers appears to be preventing older job candidates from viewing job opportunities. Lawsuits on behalf of people who experienced age discrimination have begun to hit the court system. These cases could establish whether age filtering on job advertisements represents illegal conduct.

Survey seeks employee input regarding age discrimination

The AARP recently conducted a survey of those over the age of 45 to gauge their feelings about age discrimination at work. Of those in New York and elsewhere who responded, 61 percent said that they had experienced age discrimination or seen others experience it. Furthermore, 38 percent said that they believed the practice to be very common. However, research does show that the workforce participation rate for older Americans is higher than it was before the Great Recession.

Ageism still a hazard in tight labor market

The Age Discrimination in Employment Act (ADEA) says that companies cannot discriminate against those who are age 40 and over. However, it is still considered to be an open secret that older workers have trouble finding work because of their age. According to one advisor from the EEOC, it is among the most accepted forms of discrimination in the workplace. Discrimination based on age goes farther than simply refusing to hire someone who is deemed to be too old.

Few workers formally complain about ageism

According to the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, only 3 percent of those who experienced age discrimination filed a complaint. In 1967, the Age Discrimination in Employment Act (ADEA) was implemented, which is meant to protect New York workers and others from ageism. However, studies have shown that 90 percent of respondents aged 45 and older believe that ageism is common in the workplace. Furthermore, 60 percent said that they have seen or experienced it themselves.

EEOC investigating age discrimination claims against Intel

New York employees may be interested to learn that the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission was reportedly investigating a number of layoffs that occurred at Intel. According to sources, it was suspected that the company discriminated against older employees after initiating more than 10,000 layoffs across the globe.

Restaurant chain settles class-action age discrimination suit

People over 40 in New York often never know why companies rejected their job applications, but age discrimination could play a role. A trial attorney for the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission called ageism one of the most common forms of workplace discrimination. Her comment followed the announcement of a $3 million settlement between the EEOC and the restaurant chain Seasons 52, part of the Darden restaurant group. The class-action lawsuit represented 254 plaintiffs although more people might be eligible to make a claim.

Report alleges years of age discrimination at IBM

For some older employees in Long Island, age discrimination on the job might take the form of being forced into early retirement or given work conditions that make the job unacceptable. According to a report by the organization ProPublica and the magazine Mother Jones, IBM used these types of tactics to reduce the number of older workers in its ranks.

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