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Older Americans More Likely to Cite Workplace Discrimination

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7Dnews London

Fri, 24 May 2019 09:06 GMT

Are older workers being discriminated against on the job? The answer appears to depend on the age of the person asked. About half of Americans think there's age discrimination in the workplace, according to a poll by The Associated Press-NORC Center for Public Affairs Research, according to AP.

The poll finds that 60% of adults aged 60 and over say older workers in the US are always or often discriminated against. However, 43% of adults aged between 45 and 60 say the same. Referring to why the percentage of 45-60 year olds is smaller, Wendy Sachs, 48, an author and speaker says, "I just think they're not really aware of it." She has often discussed her own experiences with age discrimination applying for and working at New York City start-up companies. 

Federal law bars age discrimination in employment. Yet three-quarters of adults aged 60 and older and 65% of those between ages 45 and 59 say they believe their age puts them at a disadvantage when looking for work. One in 10 adults aged 60 and over and about two out of ten of those aged 45 to 59 say they have been passed over for a raise, promotion or chance to get ahead specifically because of their age. 

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