Older job seekers feel as if they are at a disadvantage compared to younger competition, according to study results from The Age and Employment Network (TAEN) in England. The study surveyed job seekers ages 50 and older in the UK and discovered that 83 percent of them felt they had been passed over in favor of a younger job candidate.
“When the government legislated to end age discrimination what they didn’t do and what no government will do is make it absolutely, definitely work in the workplace,” says TAEN Chief Executive Chris Ball. “The only way that it’s going to work in the workplace is by making sure that the processes that are operating in the work organization and the culture that exists is such as to drive out age discrimination.”
The UK has laws similar to the United States to prevent age discrimination. The problem with these laws is that they provide protections to existing employees, but they can be difficult to ensure the same rights for job applicants who have yet to get their foot in the door. If you feel you were passed over for a job or promotion solely because of your age, please contact our firm for a free consultation.
Kesluk, Silverstein & Jacob—Los Angeles age discrimination attorneys