AARP Georgia will host a panel discussion focused on age discrimination in the workplace on Friday, Oct. 17, 10 a.m. to noon, at Georgia Public Broadcasting
260 14th St., N.W., Atlanta.
The Association of American Retired Persons’ interactive and informative session will highlight indications of age discrimination, current regulations, and materials and resources available to those who may have experienced challenges as an experienced worker.
Age discrimination is a real and growing occurrence. A 2013 AARP study found that nearly 2 in 3 workers ages 45-74 said they have seen or experienced age discrimination, and this discrimination is one of the key reasons it takes unemployed older workers almost a year, on average, to find another job. When these job seekers do find new employment, it’s often for less money, which can have a devastating impact on older workers’ long-term financial security and ability to live independently as they age.
Compounding the age discrimination issue is a 2009 US Supreme Court ruling which necessitates older workers to meet a higher burden of proof in age discrimination cases than is required to prove race, religious or gender discrimination. It is no longer enough to prove that age discrimination was one of the motives for the employer’s actions; older workers must now demonstrate that age was the decisive reason for their treatment on the job. AARP continues extensive efforts to change this inequitable ruling and engage our members to join the fight.
The community is invited to hear firsthand from AARP representatives, the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, a Jackson Spalding Human Resources professional, Georgia State University Gerontology expert, and more. This is a taped discussion and could possibly be broadcast on GPBTV. Attendees will have the opportunity to interact with panel experts.
For more information and to register for this event: http://aarp.event.com/AgeDiscrimination.