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Age discrimination can affect Colorado job seekers

Any of our Colorado readers who are currently looking for a job probably know that the search can take quite a while these days. Even though the government would like Americans to believe that the economy is improving, slowly but surely, that can seem like hollow talk to some who have been searching for a full-time job for months. But to make matters worse, there are some people who may have actually been qualified for a position, but were not interviewed due to some type of employment discrimination.

There are many different ways in which an employer can engage in discrimination. Most forms of discrimination violate the current employment laws, including discrimination based on race, nationality, religion, gender and age. That's right - employers are forbidden from discriminating against older employers. The Age Discrimination in Employment Act of 1967 is one law in particular designed to protect employees and potential employees over the age of 40 from discrimination based on their age. However, like most forms of discrimination, there are ways for an employer to discriminate based on this criteria, but call it something else.

So, what is one of the main problems for older workers looking for a new position? Salary requirements. Older workers expect to be paid like the experienced professionals they are, and some employers these days would rather go with a younger, cheaper option. This can happen even if an older employment applicant requests a salary at a lower figure than what they probably should earn.

Being in a position of job seeker is never an easy task. But when a potential employer engages in discrimination based on something like a person's age, it may be time to take action. Anyone in Colorado who believes they have been the victim of age discrimination would probably be well served in getting the right information as soon as possible on how to proceed.

Source: The Huffington Post, "Age Discrimination: Older Workers Worry About Hiring Bias," Ann Brenoff, Oct. 8, 2012

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