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Re: Age Discrimination in Job Search and the Workplace

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Hello, @StephenR946174.

 

If a recruiter is screening applicants based on age, that is age discrimination and the practice violates the federal Age Discrimination in Employment Act (ADEA) and possibly state law. The ADEA provides that it is “unlawful for an employment agency to fail or refuse to refer for employment, or otherwise to discriminate against, any individual because of such individual’s age, or to classify or refer for employment any individual on the basis of such individual’s age.” While high school graduation date is not the legal equivalent of age, if the recruiter is assuming a correlation between your graduation date and your age and screening you out based on that assumed correlation, that too is age discrimination. If you know the identity of the recruiter and want to file a charge of age discrimination with the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC), the federal agency charged with enforcing the ADEA, go to https://www.eeoc.gov/ for more information. There are important time limitations for filing charges with the EEOC. They must be filed within 180 or 300 days of the alleged discriminatory action.

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Hello. I live in Tennessee and get calls from "employment" recruiters. They ask a brief survey And when they ask when I graduated high school and when I tell them 1972 they hang up. Is this discrimination? 

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Re: Age Discrimination in Job Search and the Workplace

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Hello, @d584291e,

 

I am sorry to hear about the frustrations you have experienced in your job search. Unfortunately, you are not alone. Older workers face far longer periods of unemployment than younger workers.  Of course, it's hard to say whether age discrimination is behind what you’ve experienced -- because that is the nature of age discrimination in hiring. In most cases, the individual is not provided a reason for why they have not been considered for the position or who was hired instead of them. Without that information, it's impossible to determine if age may have been a factor.  However, if you encounter evidence of age discrimination in your job search, you can file a charge of age discrimination with the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC), the federal agency that enforces the Age Discrimination in Employment Act (ADEA). https://www.eeoc.gov/ AARP Foundation Litigation attorneys are challenging age discrimination in hiring in both our litigation cases and friend-of-the-court briefs. Addressing age discrimination in hiring was a key motivation underlying the passage of the ADEA fifty  years ago and more needs to be done to ensure that older applicants are treated fairly. I wish you success in your efforts to find work as a special education teacher.

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Re: Age Discrimination in Job Search and the Workplace

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Good morning and welcome to the AARP Online Community!

 

Age Discrimination, is the second in a series of topics brought to you by AARP.

 

This is a great chance to connect with an AARP Work & Job experts.

 

Ask AARP Expert Laurie McCann (@LMcCann) your questions and share your stories here!

 

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Re: Age Discrimination in Job Search and the Workplace

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Yes, I have experienced age discrimination.

 

I am a highly qualified special education teacher over the age of 50. I have been employed as a part time tutor for a local company for the last 7 years.

My real passion was always to become a special education resource classroom teacher or an in-class support teacher.  I have yet to be hired in a school district full time or part time. I have applied to many teaching jobs in  New Jersey.  I have had several interviews but no offers. I received rejection letters from those interviews and kept them all in a manilla folder. Discouraged by the constant reminder that I have not reached my full potential as a teacher, I shredded the rejection letters.

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Age Discrimination in Job Search and the Workplace

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Have you experienced age discrimination? Laurie McCann is a Senior Attorney with AARP Foundation Litigation where her principal responsibilities include litigation and amicus curiae (impartial advisor) participation for AARP on a broad range of age discrimination and other employment issues.

 

Ask AARP Expert Laurie your questions about age discrimination, and share your experience.

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