How common is it really?
One of the most common job seeker complaints
According to the AARP, in 2013 alone there were 21,396 claims of age discrimination filed in the US. Most people won't even bother to file, so you have to think the actual number of incidents is much, much higher. Those claims were filed with the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, based on the Age Discrimination in Employment Act, which “protects workers 40 and older from personnel decisions based solely on age in hiring, firing, layoffs, promotions or demotions.”
According to the Guardian, however, it's not only older people who have reason to be frustrated. The UK Department for Work and Pensions published a report in 2012 saying that “experiences of age discrimination were more common for younger groups, with under 25s at least twice as likely to have experienced discrimination than other age groups.”
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Dictionary.com gives 2 definitions for ageism:
- discrimination against persons of a certain age group.
- a tendency to regard older persons as debilitated, unworthy of attention, or unsuitable for employment.
Most people tend to think of the latter when the topic comes up, but if the UK DWP is right, the first ageism definition should be the more common one and young people are suffering from a double-whammy: not only are they being discriminated against, their claims of discrimination are being discriminated against too. It's ironic that there might be bias among claims of bias.
What about you: have you ever felt age discrimination on the job search?
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