You know something is brazen when the New York Times can publish an article where corporations admit to not hiring anyone over 40 years of age.
The biggest obstacle, experts say, is that most companies are reluctant to retain or hire older workers. At the top of the corporate ladder, executive recruiters are routinely told not to seek anyone over 50, notes Peter Cappelli, director of the Center for Human Resources at the University of Pennsylvania’s Wharton School.
Similar sentiments, Mr. Cappelli said, can be found across the job spectrum. He points to a batch of evidence. In one survey, one-fourth of companies said they were not inclined to hire older workers. In a research experiment a few years ago, thousands of made-up resumes were sent to employers; younger workers who had the same qualifications as older workers were more than 40 percent more likely to be called in for an interview than someone 50 or older. In an industry survey, a majority of technology companies candidly said they would not hire anyone over 40.
In a ruling of potential interest for older workers across the country, the Supreme Court made it easier on Thursday for workers to contend that they are being discriminated against by their employers because of their age.
In a 7-to-1 ruling, the court ruled that it is up to the employer to show that action against a worker stems from “reasonable factors other than age.” The question in the case, one of three involving labor relations issued by the court on Thursday, was whether the burden rested on the employer or on an employee bringing a suit.
Now we hear excuses to justify age discrimination instead of lawsuits to stop it. This article does that as well and talks about health care costs and so on. But the answer truly is that age discrimination has been institutionalized in America.
I found a few facts on the statistics of age discrimination but they were a tough find. Now if this was racial discrimination, the outrage would be overwhelming. Why is it that age discrimination, causing a shrinkage in overall income earning years, plus an aging workforce, isn't greeted with the same howl of outrage?