Earlier this week, I made my long-awaited (ok, long-awaited by ME) return on WNPR’s ever-popular “Where We Live” show.
As always, I’m thankful for the invite.
My appearances date back quite some time (remember pizza and child labor in 2010?), so it was nice to be back in the studio to talk about age discrimination and other workplace issues.
So, is age discrimination still a problem?
A related question, though is how MUCH of a problem? And is it getting better or worse?
By one measure, it’s been going down in a noticeable way the last several years. In 2008 for example, there were over 24,500 charges filed on age grounds; in 2017 – it was down below 18,500 – a drop of over 20 percent.
Statistics, though, only tell part of the story because historically, you’d expect more to see more charges in a recession than an improving economy.
An article by The New York Times over the winter raised concerns that Facebook Job Ads were being used in a way to target younger potential applicants. And some have suggested that the federal law itself is too weak.
So, recognizing the age discrimination remains an issue in society is an easy task. But solving this — and ensuring that workplaces have a diversity of ages, remains a issue of which there are no easy answers.