Contact your legislators and urge them to make age a protected class under Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964. There is no justification for treating age discrimination in employment any differently than any other type of employment discrimination. It’s time to repeal the Age Discrimination in Employment Act of 1967, which was weak to begin with and has been eviscerated by the U.S. Supreme Court.
Like other types of employment discrimination, age discrimination is rooted in false and harmful stereotypes, and fear and animus directed toward a discrete group.
And age discrimination is just as devastating to victims as other types of employment discrimination, and perhaps more so because older workers have less time to remaining in the workplace to rebound.
Age discrimination is one reason that more than 19 million hard-working Americans face poverty or near poverty in their so-called “golden” years. Older workers who are terminated are plunged into long-term unemployment. They are forced to spend down their savings and take low-paid part-time or temp jobs until they age into an early retirement, resulting in a reduced Social Security benefit ( 25 percent or more) for the rest of their lives.
Moreover, today, you don’t even have to be “old” to be a victim of age discrimination. Many workers start experiencing the problem in their 30s and 40s.
Don’t older workers deserve to have at least equal rights in the workplace?