Age Bias Claims Likely to Rise

03.28.2017

Age discrimination claims are nothing new, but experts believe this type of claim will be on the rise over the next few decades.  Americans are working longer than they used to, and the number of Americans 65 or older is expected to double its 2015 numbers by 2060. 

Consider training management to recognize age discrimination and to realize that it is serious.  Inappropriate comments to aging employees are often viewed as less important than inappropriate comments about race, gender, etc.  For example, retirement jokes aimed at older employees can be quite common.  These comments can be unwelcome and make older employees uncomfortable. 

This issue is something to keep an eye on long-term, and keep in mind—discrimination protections extend to applicants, not just employees.  Ensure job postings do not contain requirements that would keep older workers from applying, such as including a maximum years of experience restriction.