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What is age discrimination?

While they say wisdom comes with age, this isn’t always the prevailing belief in modern workplaces. In fact, some older workers in Kansas City may even be discriminated against because of their age, which is actually illegal. AARP offers the following facts about age discrimination so you can be sure to recognize it should it occur.

Age discrimination can happen at many different ages

Age discrimination can affect workers of all ages. While it’s commonly associated with people in their 50s, it can occur to people as young as their 30s depending on the working environment. Additionally, it is currently legal for employers to inquire about your age. However, you’re free to refrain from answering the question and you can also remove your age from any online work profiles you have.

Age discrimination is quite common

While it may seem like discrimination based on race or sex is more common, age discrimination is also a concern at may workplaces. In 2016 the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) was privy to 20,857 claims from workers alleging age discrimination. When faced with discrimination, workers can report to the EEOC, file a grievance with their company’s human resources department, or contact a lawyer to file suit.

Older workers have the lowest turnover rates

When compared to younger workers, employees 55 and older tend to have much lower turnover rates. In fact, a study conducted by the AARP found that these workers are considered far more engaged than their younger counterparts. Many posit that older workers greater level of experience is what makes them a valued member of their workplaces and this experience can only be accrued over time.

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