Posted On: November 21, 2010 by

EEOC Says Age Discrimination On the Rise

The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission ("EEOC") heard testimony that age discrimination is causing the nation’s older workers to have a difficult time maintaining and finding new employment, a problem exacerbated by the downturn in the economy. According to published numbers from the EEOC the number and percentage of age discrimination charges filed with the EEOC have grown, rising from 21.8 percent of all charges filed in 2006, to 24.4 percent in fiscal year 2009.

Another alarming statistic is that the rate of unemployment for people age 55 and over rose from a pre-recession low of 3.0 percent (November 2007) to reach 7.3 percent in August, 2010, making the past 22 months the longest spell of high unemployment workers in this age group have experienced in 60 years.

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