Companies who hire older workers

Reject AgeSo, you’re over 50, seeking employment and would like to find companies who hire older workers. As you may have found, it seems harder to find meaningful work when you are older. In fact, the reality is that age discrimination exists. It almost seems baked into our youth-obsessed culture.

The number of seniors aged 65 and older within the working-age population is projected to increase from 19% to 29% by 2060. But new research shows that age discrimination continues to be a problem for older job seekers.

I believe that in many cases, the discrimination is not conscious nor malicious. This is because we are conditioned to focus on the accomplishments of younger folks and dismiss those of older folks.

However, this is not always the case and hopefully the practices of companies who hire older workers can show that.

RetirementJobs.com

If you are not already aware of this, you should be. Especially if you have been frustrated in your job search. RetirementJobs.com is a job board and career advise site for people over 50. Here is a quote from Tim Driver, its founder and CEO. “Our mission is to shine a light on companies that are doing the right things, advance the interest of older workers and save job seekers valuable time.”

The site has a feature called Employer Reviews where employees share opinions about the age-friendliness of an employer. In addition, they have a Certified Age Friendly Employer Program (CAFE). This identifies those companies who commit themselves to being the best places to work for people over 50.

Here are some well-known companies and possible positions, who receive a five star rating from RetirementJobs.com:

  • AAA Motorclub: roadside technician, claim representative, sales agent, call center representative, life and annuity agent.
  • Apple: signal integrity engineer.
  • Bankers Life: customer relations representative, branch manager, legal specialist, senior underwriter, finance assistant.
  • Federal Aviation Administration (FAA): quality receiving inspector, operations specialist, aircraft maintenance, technician.
  • Goodwill Industries: e-commerce collectibles associate, retail supervisor, photographer, security officer.
  • Habitat for Humanity: specialist US grants manager, expertise center concept development.
  • Hallmark Cards: director of targeting, director of category strategy.
  • Lyft: drivers
  • New York Life: IT operations analyst, quality analyst, senior buyer, senior electrical engineer.
  • Office Depot: software engineer, customer service, technical writer, service manager, inside sales representative.
  • Panera Bread: customer relationship manager, driver, production worker, corporate trainer, restaurant manager.
  • Pet Smart: groundskeeper, warehouse operations, merchandiser, dog-walker, finance services manager.
  • Reynolds: mechanical engineer, senior financial analyst, manufacturing engineer, territory manager.
  • Starbucks: technical writer, barista, management, food and beverage director, new product specialist.
  • Total Wine and More: management positions and retail sales.

Certified Age Friendly Employer ProgramAge Friendly

A job seeker can open a free account at RetirementJobs.com. As a result, they get the full list of Certified Age Friendly Employers as mentioned above.

This designation is determined following an in-depth analysis based on interviews with the employer. The employer must show a commitment to employ people over 50 and further investigate complaints about discrimination.

There are 12 categories of best practice standards. And within each are several policies that comprise the framework of the certification.

The certification evaluation process is performed exclusively by the staff of Retirementjobs.com. These are highly experienced human resource professionals. The evaluation consists of 6 steps which are application or letter of interest, process review discussion, evaluation questionnaire, program review, related recognition and renewal/recertification.

To find out more go to www.RetirementJobs.com

Senior Friendly Fortune 500 Companies

Here is a list large companies and the percentage of workers who are 50 and older:

  • American Airlines: 39%
  • Eastman Kodak: 38%
  • Travel Centers of America: 38%
  • Delta Airlines: 37%
  • Weyerhaeuser: 36%
  • Edison International: 36%
  • Northeast Utilities: 36%
  • Smithfield Foods: 35%
  • United Services Automobile Association: 35%

More Top Rated Senior Friendly Companies

Kununu.com is another online employee review website that rates companies based on senior friendliness. The ratings are based on what employees and former employees have said about their work experience. So, here are 10 highly rated companies:

  • SafeStreets USA: Headquarters, Kent, Washington. They are one of ADT’s oldest and largest authorized dealers. They sell and install home security systems. Also, they hire for sales representatives and analysts. Reviewers have said that age is celebrated here and age diversity is considered a strength.
  • Adaptive Environmental: Headquarters, Provo Utah. Pest control services. They hire sales representatives, sales managers, branch managers, operations managers. Reviewers state that respect for elders is extremely high. In fact,  people here enjoy learning from older employees.
  • Liberty Tax Service: Headquarters, Virginia Beach, Virginia. This is the third largest tax preparation service in the US. They hire tax preparers, accountants, technical writers. Reviewers say that all employees are appreciated and supported. Further, they recognize that older workers have more knowledge and are a great help to others.
  • Omni Systems: Headquarters, Richmond Heights, Ohio. One of the largest label converters in the US. This company hires for printing press operators and business development sales executives. Reviewers say everyone is welcome  and appreciated because they place value on the years of experience older workers offer. Senior employees often become mentors to younger ones.
  • Franklin International: Headquarters, Columbus, Ohio. This company manufactures and sells adhesives, sealants and polymers for wood products. They hire for industrial engineers, chemists and mixing/blending machine setters. Reviewers say that many people work there until 70. This is because the company offers programs for phased retirement, part-time work and good retirement medical benefits.
  • H&M; Headquarters, New York City. One of the world’s largest fashion companies. They hire for store managers, sales advisors and visual managers. Reviewers say that older workers are treated the same as others.
  • Government Accountability Office (GAO): Headquarters, Washington, D.C. A government agency that provides auditing and investigative services for Congress. They hire management analysts, auditors, training and development managers and market research analysts. This organization places high value on the wisdom an older worker brings.
  • Wegman’s Food Markets: Headquarters, Rochester, New York. A family owned supermarket chain in the Northeast and Virginia. They hire for food preparation workers, cashiers, line cooks and pharmacy technicians. Reviewers say Wegman’s loves to hire older workers.
  • TJX Companies: Headquarters, Framingham, Massachusetts. They are an international fashion and home decor retailer that owns Marshalls and TJ Maxx. They hire for store managers, loss prevention managers and customer service. One reviewer said of older women who work there that “They are amazing ladies and loved by all.”
  • Nike: Headquarters, Beaverton, Oregon. Sporting goods and apparel manufacturer and retailer. They hire for associate merchants, store managers, software engineers and research analysts. Nike works to keep older workers happy and active.

In Conclusion

If you are an older person frustrated with the job search we hope that the information we provide will shed light on the situation and provide a more positive frame of mind. While there is a lot of negative news regarding the job prospects for people over 50, there is also positive news.

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Is Age Discrimination Real?

Age discriminationWhat is Age Discrimination?

If you are on my website you are likely over 50 and maybe you have asked “Is age discrimination real?”

Yes it is. However, it is difficult for you to prove it.

This website is all about finding employment and business opportunities. So,  I will talk specifically about age discrimination in the workplace.

Age discrimination in the workplace happens when you are the recipient of an adverse employment action because of your age. This includes:

  • Termination
  • Demotion
  • Reduction in Hours
  • Reduction in Responsibilities

Age Discrimination in the Workplace

“Age discrimination in the workplace has always been harder to identify and quantify than race and sex discrimination,” writes Michael Winerip in the New York Times. “Blacks and women have experienced a long history of being underpaid, which researchers can calculate.”

So, why do people, especially in the workplace, discriminate against older people? I suppose it depends on the situation but I think there are consistent reasons.

First of all, our culture (and I am sure many others) obsesses over youth. Conversely, we avoid the representation of older people. After all, people don’t want to think about the aches and pains that might come with age. Further, they view aging as ugly. And, ultimately, it means that you deal with your own mortality.

In the workplace, potential employers are likely to believe that older workers aren’t as flexible or as easy to train. Maybe they think the older job applicant will leave if a better offer comes along. Of course, these reasons are terribly misguided.

Can You Prove Age Discrimination?

According to Legalmatch.com there are two kinds of age discrimination:

  • Disparate treatment: An employer intentionally treats you differently because of your age.
  • Disparate impact: When a policy (that seemingly appears neutral) has a disproportionately negative impact on older workers.

Federal law says you have a prima facie age discrimination case if you can prove:

  • You are 40 years old or older.
  • You are qualified for the job.
  • Your employer took an adverse employment action.
  • Someone substantially younger replaced you.

Furthermore, there are different kinds of evidence you may use to prove your case. Rarely, do you have direct evidence of discrimination. For example, if your boss demotes you because of your age, then that is direct evidence.

However, few people are this stupid and unaware. Actually, it is more likely that you will cite circumstantial evidence such as a pattern of demoting and firing older workers.

The Age Discrimination in Employment Act (ADEA) covers federal age ADEAdiscrimination claims. It is a US labor law that forbids discrimination against anyone 40 years or older. In 1967,  President Lyndon B. Johnson signed the bill into law. Depending on where you live, state and municipal laws may also apply.

However, with all this in mind, it is still incredibly difficult to prove discrimination. The 2009 Supreme Court Decision, Gross v. FBL Financial Services, Inc. made it even harder.

The court ruled against the plaintiffs who claimed they were targets of age discrimination under the Federal Age Discrimination in Employment Act.

The court held the plaintiffs to a stricter standard of proof than those pursuing claims under other anti-discrimination laws.

Actual Examples of Age Discrimination

Here are a few examples of actual age discrimination:

  • In Fresno, California, Timeless Investments, Inc. was conducting business as the EZ Trip Golden State Convenience and Auto/Truck Plaza. In this particular case, the employer passed over older job applicants  in favor of younger candidates. This case was easy to prove.

The employer instructed older applicants to write their age at the top of the job application. However, they didn’t ask the younger applicants to do the same. Obviously, this employer was not only prejudiced but also stupid.

Subsequently, the older applicants were denied employment. The EEOC took this case. Then they settled a suit against Timeless Investments, Inc.

  • In Hawaii, the EEOC brought suit against Hawaii Healthcare Professionals. Specifically, an employee complained her owner fired her after he  made negative remarks about her age. She accused the him of making remarks such as “looks old” “sounds old on the telephone” and “like a bag of bones.” It is amazing that someone in a position of authority would make such remarks.

They gave a monetary award to the plaintiff. Subsequently, they ordered Hawaii Healthcare Professionals to train all staff regarding age discrimination.

  • The EEOC filed suit against Wal-Mart when an employee complained that a supervisor taunted him because of his age. The company subsequently fired him. EEOC also charged that the employer did not make reasonable accommodations for his disability. Wal-Mart agreed to pay monetary damages. Furthermore, EEOC told Wal-Mart to retrain employees in the area of age discrimination, harassment and the requirements of the Americans with Disabilities Act and Age Discrimination in Employment Act.
  • In Sacramento, California, Trinity Protection Services, violated federal law. They favored younger females and dismissed older males for armed security guard positions. This firm dismissed four men, ages 66 – 73 and three women ages 28, 29 and 50. They said it was  because of their scores on an arms requalitification test. They  told the males to wait six months before retaking the test. However, they  asked the females to return earlier. Trinity stated that it brought back the younger women because of a shortage of employees.

But an investigation by EEOC (Equal Employment Opportunity Commission) found that this was indeed discrimination.

Stop DiscriminationWhat You Can Do About Age Discrimination

Laurie McCann, senior attorney for AARP says that often people who are victims of age discrimination don’t pursue it. They decide they will spend their financial and emotional resources  looking for a new job instead of getting their old one back. However, with a group layoff, there is strength in numbers. People can pool their money and work together.

If you are included in a group layoff or series of layoffs, you may be able to find statistical evidence to support your claim. The Older Worker Benefit Protection Act, requires employers to give employees who are being laid off information that will determine if the layoffs are being targeted to older people.

Furthermore, compiling anecdotal evidence can be helpful.

Lori B. Rassas, the author of Employment Law: A Guide to Hiring, Managing and Firing for Employers and Employees, recommends that you keep a journal as soon as you get any hint that a layoff may be coming. Furthermore she says, “When you’re fired, it’s too late.”

It is hard to win a discrimination case after you have lost your job. However, it is even more difficult to prove you weren’t hired for a job because of your age.

With either of these discrimination claims it is hard for you to prove discrimination. This is  because the proof means showing what’s in the mind of the person who fired you or failed to hire you.

In Conclusion

Is Age discrimination real? As you can see, it is. And, while it is difficult to prove, there are steps you can take.

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