Older workers are the fastest-growing group of Americans – and also some of the most vulnerable to adverse action on the basis of their age, which is a protected status under state and federal civil rights law. As age discrimination lawyers can explain, the law protects workers from age-based bias starting at age 40, but those over 65 are the most at-risk.
These individuals in decades past did not continue their careers much beyond this time, if at all, but that’s been changing. Reasons for this include:
- Wage growth stagnation
- Disappearing pensions
- Delaying claims to Social Security benefits to maximize payouts
- Longer lifespans
- Not having much of a retirement to speak of or fearing it will run out way too soon
A survey conducted last year by Gallop found that more than 40 percent expect to work beyond age 65. That’s a sizable uptick since 2004, when 26 percent answered the same, and almost quadruple what it was in 1995. It’s likely to continue this upward trajectory. Continue reading