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The Age Discrimination in Employment Act of 1967 (ADEA) and California Fair Employment and Housing Act (FEHA) protect workers who are 40 or older from employment decisions based on age; including hiring, promotions, wages, firings, layoffs and more. But recent employment discrimination charge statistics from the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC), and a number of surveys show that age discrimination is an ongoing, and possibly growing problem that needs to be addressed.

Our latest age discrimination infographic includes important statistics and facts from the EEOC, AARP and the National Bureau of Economic Statistics to provide you with key information that will help you understand the current state of age discrimination in the United States and California.

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The Age Discrimination in Employment Act of 1967 (ADEA) and California Fair Employment and Housing Act (FEHA) protect workers who are 40 or older from employment decisions based on age; including hiring, promotions, wages, firings, layoffs and more. But recent employment discrimination charge statistics from the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC), and a number of surveys show that age discrimination is an ongoing, and possibly growing problem that needs to be addressed.

Our latest age discrimination infographic includes important statistics and facts from the EEOC, AARP and the National Bureau of Economic Statistics to provide you with key information that will help you understand the current state of age discrimination in the United States and California.

Age Discrimination in the Workplace Statistics & Facts

1.) Age discrimination claims have been on the rise since 1997.

15,785 complaints were filed with the EEOC back then, and have been on a fairly steady increase.

2.) By 2015, age discrimination complaints increased significantly.

In fact, nearly 21,000 age discrimination charges were filed with the EEOC in 2015 across the United States.

3.) This means age discrimination made up 22.5% of all workplace discrimination complaints in 2015.

But even though these age discrimination claims were filed, many have been left unresolved.

4.) In 2014, 1,569 age discrimination complaints were filed with the EEOC in California alone.

Though it sounds like a lot, this number reflects a slight decrease in age discrimination charges in California from the previous year.

5.) The average duration of unemployment for those over the age of 55 is nearly one year.

This length of unemployment is less for those who are younger than 55. In fact, younger workers only have to deal with being jobless for about seven months on average.

6.) Age discrimination seems to be worse for women when it comes to hiring.

According to the National Bureau of Economic Research, resumes of older women get less callbacks than those of both older men and younger job applicants of either sex.

7.) Older workers are typically more loyal than younger workers.

According to Ofer Sharone, an assistant professor at the MIT Sloan School of Management, older employees stick with jobs longer than younger employees, but many employers seems to overlook this fact.

8.) 64% of workers age 55 or older say they have experienced age discrimination at work.

This is according to AARP research. Studies also show that many people who ‘voluntarily’ retire feel they are pushed out of their positions by their employers.

Sources:

  • Charge Statistics FY 1997 Through FY 2015 via EEOC.gov
  • Is It Harder for Older Workers to Find Jobs? New and Improved Evidence from a Field Experiment by David Neumark, Ian Burn, Patrick Button
  • Staying Ahead Of the Curve 2013: AARP Multicultural Work and Career Study by AARP Research

No one should have to worry about losing their job as they age. Our California age discrimination attorneys are here to fight for your employee rights. Contact us for your free consultation today.