BY: Tad T. Roumayah | IN: Employment Law
Nowadays, people don’t just automatically retire at age 65. Instead, they keep working well into their golden years. But if you’re a woman over 60 who’s looking for a job, a new study shows your employment search could be quite challenging.
“Robust” age discrimination exists when it comes to older women who are seeking jobs, reports the National Bureau of Economic Research.
According to Forbes.com, the recent study, conducted by three economists, submitted more than 40,000 mock applications for jobs in 12 cities. The jobs were advertised online in four categories: office administration, retail sales, security guard, and janitor.
The mock applicants fell into three age groups: younger (29-31), middle-aged (49-51), and older (64-66). All the resumes in the “older” category included people with more than five years of work experience.
The study revealed:
The research further showed that bias exists against men age 60 or older for certain occupations. However, the discrimination against older men was less than the researchers’ anticipated, based on prior studies.
The economist who conducted the study suggest that age discrimination laws do less to protect older women who may be targets of both age and sex discrimination. Also, prior research has demonstrated that physical appearance matters more for women, and that age “detracts more from physical appearance for women than for men.”
The attorneys in Sommers Schwartz’s Employment Litigation Group are knowledgeable in all aspects of discrimination laws. If you suspect that you have been discriminated against based on your age, please contact us to learn how we can help.
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Tad Roumayah focuses his practice primarily on employment litigation, representing employees who have encountered discrimination, retaliation, wrongful discharge, whistleblower protection claims, wage and hour violations and other employment issues and disputes.