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EEOC Listens To Older Workers Complain About the Job Market

My last post was about the EEOC, and today I have one more.

Yesterday the EEOC held an open hearing on the topic of older worker discrimination.

Experts testified about the impact of the economic crisis on older workers, the legal issues regarding age discrimination in the current climate, and the best strategies for keeping older workers.

The plight of people who remember life before the World Wide Web is a hot topic: Age discrimination claims filed with the EEOC between 2006 and 2009 increased slightly more than 3%, from 21.8% to 24.4% of all EEOC charges filed. In terms of actual headcount, 22,778 Americans filed age discrimination claims in 2009, compared to 16,548 Americans in 2006. Keep in mind that these are only the Americans who bothered to file a claim. Who knows how many Americans thought about it but didn't do it because they were worried it could hurt their future job prospects.

The unemployment rate of people over age 55 increased from 3% in 2007 to 7.3% in August 2010, making the last 22 months the longest employment dry spell for older workers in the last 60 years.

The EEOC heard from a few "workers over 40," which means Gen Xers are joining the club, too. We're losing our careers before we really got a chance to start them. All we're left with is this Newsweek slide show. Man, getting older is getting to be a real pain in the ass.

You can read more here.


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