The AARP has just published a survey of older voters in NYC (http://bit.ly/1bu3cMU) which comes to the conclusion that almost half of those over 50 were concerned about age discrimination at work – with good reason.
The survey found that after age 55, it takes 4 months longer to find a new job. And because of financial stress, half of older workers will be forced to work beyond the time that they would have retired.
A key question (and surprising responses) was:
“When asked about job and work issues in NYC, respondents reported they believe the following regarding themselves, a family member or a friend who has turned 50:
- 26% not been hired for a job because of age.
- 24% passed over for a raise or promotion due to age.
- 23% laid off, fired, or forced out of a job since turning 50.
- 27% encouraged or forced to retire before they preferred to.
- 23% subjected to unwelcome comments about their age.”
Something to think about. Of all the protected classes in anti-discrimination law, age is the only one that all of us will become a member of — if we are lucky.