When it comes to the workforce, experience can cut both ways. Many advanced careers require years or decades of demonstrated experience. However, older workers are increasingly finding themselves shut out of career opportunities simply because of their age.
"Professional sports is the ultimate meritocracy."
"[Social Security] reforms may be unlikely to gain traction - not because people are so eager to retire, but because age discrimination sharply limits job opportunities."
According to an annual report released by the nonpartisan Congressional Office of Compliance (OOC), while safety hazards are being handled particularly well in the Congressional workplace, complaints of harassment, discrimination and hostile work environment are on the increase in the last five years.
A former social worker for D.C.'s Child and Family Services Agency who filed an age discrimination lawsuit against Mayor Adrian Fenty for forcing her to carry an unbearable workload had her suit dismissed earlier this week. The 2009 suit claimed that the agency's Child Protective Services Unit forced its older employees to carry burdensome caseloads, which led to the plaintiff's resignation from her position.