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Age discrimination can start at the hiring process

When many New York residents think of someone looking for a job, the first image that comes to mind may be of a young college grad hoping to start a long-standing career. However, anyone of adult age could end up on the hunt for a new job. Some people may do so out of a change in career path, and others may have suffered recent job loss that has them back on the market. Unfortunately, older prospective employees may face the injustice that is age discrimination.

One out-of-state man's experience with this issue was detailed in a recent report. The man had years of legal experience and had lost his then most recent job as a CEO in 2011. In 2014, the man, who was 58 years old at the time, applied for a job opening for a corporate law position. However, the job description stated that applicants should not have more than seven years of legal experience.

After applying, the man did not hear from the company regarding his application, and as a result, he filed a complaint with the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission on the basis of age discrimination. He believed that the stipulation of having no more than seven years' experience excluded older applicants. The company responded to the complaint, stating that they had hired a 29-year-old applicant. A lawsuit is currently underway to address the discrimination claim.

Many older individuals have the abilities and skills to carry out various job-related duties. When they face age discrimination during the hiring process or even after being hired, it can seriously damage their chances of employment and their abilities to provide for themselves and their families. New York residents who have been unjustly treated due to their age may want to look into their legal options for addressing the issues.

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