I was saddened — though not surprised — to read recently about a wave of allegations of age discrimination in hiring practices by some major corporations. New lawsuits claim that these companies’ online advertising and recruiting efforts deliberately overlooked older workers—by weeding them out of search results, putting caps on the amount of experience sought for the open positions, or through other tactics. In some cases, candidates as young as 40 were deemed too old and screened out, according to the allegations.
Age discrimination is really just a trap: Companies are convinced that greener is better, that efficiency and innovation can only come with youth. At WAHVE, we know this couldn’t be further from the truth. There is a level of talent and experience — as well as a network of contacts, which is critical for collaborative and unique problem solving — that only senior workers can provide.
This is one of the reasons WAHVE was founded: to provide senior workers with continued opportunities to engage in the workforce in whatever capacity they can and want, while offering companies the priceless value that only comes with seasoned industry veterans. Fighting against age discrimination is one of our very tenets.
What about you? Have you ever experienced age discrimination?