A healthier, aging population means many Americans are working past birthdays at which most have typically retired. At the same time, says UCI Chancellor’s Professor David Neumark, age discrimination appears to be playing a role in reducing their employment opportunities. In an essay published online this month with the AARP Public Policy Institute, the economics prof explains how evidence of negative stereotyping, layoffs among higher-paid older workers, and bias in hiring practices makes a compelling case that employment barriers do exist for older workers. He offers as potential solutions stronger anti-discrimination policies than current federal law, such as in states like California which extends discrimination protections to workers in smaller firms and allows larger damages in age discrimination lawsuits. Check out the essay online at http://www.aarp.org/content/dam/aarp/ppi/2015/what-do-we-know-about-age-discrimination-and-how-might-we-reduce-it.pdf.

 

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