When it comes to financial stress, older Americans say that job insecurity is their number-one concern
The hallmark of later life is heterogeneity. We become less alike with every day that passes. A group of 20-year-olds is much more alike than a group of 60-year-olds.

Geriatricians have a saying: If you’ve seen one 80-year-old, you’ve seen one 80-year-old.

It is true that younger workers can go faster. Older workers go more slowly, but they’re more accurate.

Age confers patience and coping skills, the ability to handle stress.

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Mature workers made up 8.9% of the unemployed population in the U.S. in 2014.

Nearly half a million older adults aged 55-64 and 168,000 aged 65+ who wanted to work in 2014 were unemployed 27 weeks or longer.

Half of those older workers who had experienced unemployment between 2010-2014 were still not working at the end of that five-year period.

The Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis recently published a study that showed that half of women over 50 who are unemployed are long-term unemployed.

Age Discrimination Is Unique

We all grow older, and as a result, soon or later we will all be at risk to be subject to age discrimination. In terms of sheer numbers, age discrimination is the most widespread and affects more workers than any other type of discrimination. Nearly 70 percent of American workers report that they have witnessed age discrimination in their workplace. In my estimation, anybody who is employed in the corporate environment will eventually be discriminated against on the basis of age.

Every form of employment discrimination hurts people in its own particular way. Age discrimination generally begins around the age of 50, earlier for some. Because our society has no coherent pension or retirement system, and because most jobs, if they have any kind of retirement benefits, they tend to be paid for by the employees themselves, such as 401-k plans. As a result, the principal goal of most employees in the 50 to 65 year old range is to put money aside for retirement. Losing a job at this stage of life can have devastating consequences. Every week of unemployment reduces the opportunity to build retirement savings. To make matters worse, many unemployed workers in this age range are forced to dig into their retirement savings to meet day to day expenses. They are forced to begin Social Security at a younger age, which reduces their benefits. They also have to work to an increasingly older age, which reduces wages for everyone and robs many individuals of the best years of their retirement.

Out of desperation, many workers over 50 who can’t find a job apply for Social Security Disability, which requires submitting a sworn statement that the applicant is physically unable to work. Even if disability benefits are denied, as they often are, employers use that statement to defend themselves against an age discrimination claim. This is a barbaric perversion of the law, implemented by the justices of the Supreme Court, who themselves have lifetime job security and who are mostly out of touch with the realities of day to day life for the typical American.

The ugly truth is that most employers want to be able to discriminate against older workers. Employers see older workers as walking time bombs. Employers believe that sooner or later older workers are going to develop some health problems, which the employer will be obligated to accommodate. Older workers drive up health insurance premiums. Older workers are occupying a position that could be filled with a younger worker with more “potential.” Older workers are likely to be higher paid. Terminating older workers creates vacancies that younger workers can be promoted into.

Employers are more concerned about age discrimination lawsuits than any other type. Instead of taking effective steps to eradicate age discrimination, Employers have devised a set of strategies to evade the laws that prohibit age discrimination.

What are you looking for in an employment discrimination lawyer to handle your age discrimination claim? You want someone with experience. Someone who understands your needs. Someone who will work to reach a prompt resolution of your claim. Someone who will take your case on a contingency basis and not burden you with legal fees.

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The Insanity of Age Discrimination

The Age Discrimination In Employment Act protects workers 40 years old and older. This reflects the fact that employment discrimination "kicks in" at 40.

The Constitution does not permit any person to be elected President who is below the age of 40.

According to the New York Times, "most lawyers won't even taken age discrimination cases." http://www.nytimes.com/2013/08/27/booming/for-laid-off-older-workers-age-bias-is-pervasive.html.
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"How old would you be if you didn't know how old you was*?" Satchel Paige (1906-1982)

"I have reached an age when, if someone tells me to wear socks, I don't have to." Albert Einstein (1879-1955)

“You don't stop laughing when you grow old, you grow old when you stop laughing.” ― George Bernard Shaw
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