“Age Bias That’s Barred by Law Appears in Thousands of Job Listings” – AARP

aarp-age-bias-job-adsILLUSTRATION BY PAUL SPELLA

With the words they use, employers keep experienced workers from applying

by Kenneth Terrell

“‘This is an excellent opportunity for a recent college graduate looking to get their start in automotive!!’ reads a recent job posting on LinkedIn.

“‘The ideal candidate is a digital native that is fueled by big ideas, driven by measurable results and is inspired to lead,’ says another posting, also on LinkedIn, for a mid-level marketing position at Amazon.

“‘Current College Students — Now Hiring Product Demonstrators!’ says a third ad, from a company that specializes in product demonstrations and wants candidates with flexible hours.

“The common thread through these three postings: Each uses age-biased language that is discouraged by advocates for older workers and in some cases could be legal evidence of discrimination.”

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