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Next Avenue: Is age discrimination by employers being exaggerated?

This article is reprinted by permission from NextAvenue.org.

Talk to a job seeker over 50 and you’ll likely hear frustration, if not anger, about perceived age discrimination by employers. Many 50+ job hunters believe their age has kept them from getting hired or even getting a job interview. But Philip Taylor, a respected Australian professor specializing in age and the labor market, thinks that age discrimination concerns may be overblown.

In fact, Taylor’s research says, younger men face more workplace age discrimination than older men.

I heard Taylor, who is associate dean, research at Federation University Australia and professorial fellow at University of Melbourne, make these provocative arguments a few months back at the Gerontological Society of America (GSA) conference I attended as a GSA Journalists in Aging fellow.

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