The Age Discrimination in Employment Act of 1967 prohibits employers from displaying bias against most applicants and employees 40 or older with regard to hiring and firing, promotions, compensation, or terms and conditions of employment.
Despite this law being on the books for more than half a century, today’s older workers still face bias and discrimination. Examples range from coworkers cracking seemingly benign jokes about aging (think, “okay, boomer”) to superiors unethically and illegally refusing to promote a qualified employee simply because of their age. That’s no joke.
The cost of age discrimination is steep and growing steeper. An AARP study released in 2020 pegged the cost of bias against older workers (in this case, someone 50 or older) at $850 billion in gross domestic product during 2018 alone. The study projected this practice, left unabated, could cost the US economy nearly $4 trillion by 2050.
To learn how common age discrimination is in America’s workplaces, SeniorLiving.org surveyed more than 1,100 US adults 40 and older. We asked if they had experienced age-related discrimination at work, what type, and how it may have impacted…