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*Age discrimination against 30 year old people? Is thirty considered elderly now days? Yikes! I remember when people were judged on their knowledge and experience was a good thing.

Believe it, or not, job seekers are reporting age discrimination beginning as early as the mid-thirties. By the time you reach your forties, you can be considered washed up in some industries. There are strategies you can use to help mitigate discrimination issues. There are also laws that prohibit employment discrimination because of age.

Age Discrimination Issues

In addition, to being considered “old,” experienced candidates are some times considered more of an expense (higher salary, pension, benefits costs, etc.) than a younger applicant would be.

If you are middle-aged, or even younger, keep in mind that you are not alone:

  • Workers over 45 are unemployed longer than younger workers.
  • By 2018, the number of employees over 55 will reach 39 million, compared to 27 million in 2008.
  • More older workers are considering postponing retirement because of the down economy.
  • Research has found no relationship between age and job performance.

Employment Discrimination
Employment discrimination happens when a job seeker or an employee is treated unfavorably because of his or her race, skin color, national origin, gender, disability, religion, or age. Here’s information on age discrimination and other employment discrimination issues.

By Alison Doyle