Have you seen how Wikipedia defines Affirmative Action? Protecting Members…My question is when will we as people of the planet experiencing population longevity and retirement delays band together to put a stop to Age Discrimination in Employment that will really have an impact?
Affirmative action, also known as reservation in India and Nepal, positive action in the UK, and employment equity in Canada and South Africa, is the policy of protecting members of groups that are known to have previously suffered from discrimination. Wikipedia.com.
I am worried about Age Discrimination in hiring and so have become interested in the foundations of the ADEA, Affirmative Action laws and the EEOC. But, I am disappointed to see that they really don’t do much. The ADEA has been around for more than 50 years!
I along with many people from all over the world have concerns about ageism and its impact on the staffing, recruitment and promotion and retention of people who fall into the 40+ age bracket.
“Age discrimination is real. Two out of three workers between ages 45 and 74 say they have seen or experienced age discrimination at work, and job seekers over age 35 cite it as a top obstacle to getting hired. And if you happen to work in the high-tech or entertainment industries, your chances of experiencing age discrimination are even higher.” – stats from AARP.com
I Googled the phrase “Age Discrimination in Hiring” today (December 3, 2018) and it only took about a half a second to locate approximately 28,900,000 pages related to this search.
Not only that, but as I typed, the following drop down box offered me additional topics related to Age Discrimination in Hiring…How to prove it, how to overcome it, statistics, types and the list goes on and on. My concern is that the burden of proof lies on the individual and realistically, it is very difficult to prove and hence the reason why it hasn’t really changed.
This has a cost to our society that is growing behind the scenes as people have not yet found the courage to band together and present a united front that this is a REAL problem and it hurts large groups of people, businesses and even governments.
As the US continues to grow, as the retirement age is pushed back further, as healthcare costs continue to rise, people need to work longer. So why is it that age discrimination in hiring has not become a stigma? Why is it allowed to blatantly continue?
Why haven’t we demanded Affirmative Action Age protections?
This phenomenon must be brought out of random social media story sharing and in to the limelight. Large numbers of people are the only way to make change happen. We have seen the power of the #MeToo movement.
We need a Prevent Age Discrimination in Employment movement. We need a large, strong, resilient, global group of people to take action. This action must bring us all together to show we agree that there is a problem and we are not going to accept it without a fight. This is beyond personal, this is OUR problem. A shared problem that the world must face together before it is too late.
Who has some ideas on where to start?
Laws & Regulations on This Topic that Look Good on Paper but What are They Doing to Prevent Age Discrimination in Hiring in 2018?
E.O. 11246 – Executive Order 11246
29 USC §793 – Rehabilitation Act of 1973
38 USC §4212 – Vietnam Era Veterans’ Readjustment Assistance Act of 1974
41 CFR Part 60-1 – Obligations of Contractors and Subcontractors
41 CFR Part 60-2 – Affirmative Action Programs
41 CFR Part 60-741 – Affirmative Action and Nondiscrimination Obligations of Contractors and Subcontractors Regarding Individuals with Disabilities