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Age Discrimination Happens More Often Than You Realize


Admin - May 8, 2017 - 0 comments


Despite laws that make it illegal, age discrimination happens frequently in the workplace and there are usually no consequences. There might be some people that experience discrimination who pursue a legal resolution, but that’s not the norm. Instead of having clear policies against age discrimination, many companies simply state that they do not have discriminatory practices, yet they do not have processes and protocols to prevent it from happening during the hiring process. 

Most companies focus on the policies that get the most attention. In other words, if it’s something that makes the news, then they are more likely to introduce strict policies to address the issue. For example, when a lot of discrimination lawsuits were won because of discrimination based on race and gender decades ago, there was a mad dash to introduce policies and practices that would protect companies from being sued. However, there was less of a focus on other areas where discrimination occurs, such as religion, mental illness, sexual orientation and age. 

Another problem that arises is that companies say they are against discrimination, but their actions don’t seem to align with their words. For instance, there might be a tendency to not hire a candidate for reasons that are subjective and have nothing to do with their ability to perform the tasks required of the position. It becomes difficult to manage when there are a lot of people participating in the hiring process. In order to prevent this from occurring, companies must provide training so that all employees understand how discrimination looks. Quite frankly, there are some people who engage in discriminatory practices unknowingly, at a subconscious level. Regardless of how it happens, candidates who experience this issue can get help from age discrimination law services Los Angeles CA

When it comes to age discrimination, it can be difficult for people of different generations to relate to one another. There are a wide variety of issues that arise because of the generational gap and the different philosophies about work carried by each generation. Companies can no longer ignore this issue and hope that it all works out. It must be addressed head on as opposed to simply reacting to a problem that occurs. This is especially true when it comes to ageism since, in some ways, it appears to be an accepted practice, though not explicitly. There are subtle implications that abound in the workplace that keep job seekers over the age of 40 from landing their desired position. Despite the value that more mature workers bring to the workplace, there are an increasing number of incidents that would qualify as ageism. 

There are many reasons why age discrimination occurs. Perhaps the most common reason is that employers don’t believe an employee can satisfy the requirements of the position because of their age. Essentially, they believe that a younger person will have the energy and readiness to excel. Another common reason is that employers think older candidates will require a much higher salary. Regardless of the reason, discriminatory practices must be addressed by all employers.

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