The Battle with Age Discrimination

how to combat ageism in work

Age discrimination is a difficulty many of our previous clients have worried about when applying for a new job. The Age Discrimination in Employment Act of 1967 makes it illegal to discriminate against workers age 40 and up, however, 35 and older job seekers find it as the primary obstacle in getting hired.

How to Combat Ageism in Searching for a Job?

Few things to consider while trying to combat ageism in job adverts:

  • Avoid showcasing academic achievements dates on your resume.
  • Unless unavoidable, do not list positions on your resume over 30 years old.
  • Age discrimination is illegal during hiring, promotions, layoffs, and all stages of employment.
  • Unfortunately, potential employers may ask your age and dates of achievements.
  • Showcasing your value to a business is so necessary when applying for a job because this is when individuals have experienced age discrimination the most.
    • Employees fifty years old and up are actually the most engaged workers!
    • 50+ and up also offer better stability, long-term commitments, greater levels of experience and education.
  • Directly contact the hiring manager so the job application cannot be automatically filtered out online.
  • Maintain close documentation if you think they have discriminated you for your age. Here are three options for how you can take action:
    1. Go through the company’s grievance system.
    2. You can file a charge with the EEOC.
    3. Contact your lawyer to file a lawsuit.

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