A recent tweet from NPR’s reporter on aging, Ina Jaffe:
“Age discrimination is real.”
Isn’t it great that NPR has finally discovered that age discrimination is real?
I’m an attorney and former judge who wrote a book about age discrimination in 2014 called, Betrayed: The Legalization of Age Discrimination in the Workplace. In it, I analyze, in great detail, the failings of the Age Discrimination in Employment Act of 1967. I show indisputably that older workers are second class citizens under federal law and thus vulnerable to age discrimination in employment. I also document the complete failure of all three branches of government to counteract the predictable and overwhelming wave of age discrimination against older workers during and since the Great Recession.
I sent a courtesy copy of the book to NPR, which ignored it (as it has the problem of age discrimination in employment generally).
Hallelujah, after all these years, NPR and Ina Jaffe acknowledge age discrimination in employment.
The problem with writing about age discrimination is that many media organizations ignore the topic because they don’t think older workers are important or cool. Hence, a national radio network that claims to be a major news outlet has little interest in or understanding of a problem that condemns millions of older workers – mostly women – to poverty in their old age. [Read more…]