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Are job ads that target age groups a form of discrimination?

Posted by William J. Cook | Jan 04, 2018 | 0 Comments

With the level of competition present in many fields of employment, individuals in Florida and elsewhere may face numerous challenges in pursuing the job of their dreams. One challenge that no individual should ever be forced to face is age discrimination, which is not only unjust, but also unlawful in most scenarios. However, such an act can also be difficult to detect, especially when those who miss out on job opportunities due to age aren't even aware a company is recruiting.

According to recent reports, numerous companies have taken to applications such as Facebook to recruit new employees for a variety of positions. While this may seem like a perfectly acceptable practice, some suggest that the methods used constitute discrimination. These reports suggest that companies are targeting certain younger age groups with recruitment ads, and leaving others unaware of positions they may be equally as or even more qualified to fill.

Although there are laws in place to protect individuals over a certain age against discrimination, such acts unfortunately continue to occur. The methods used can also be difficult to spot, and even more so to prove. Those who miss out on job-related opportunities under similar circumstances may suffer in a variety of ways, and some may wish to pursue restitution accordingly.

Individuals who are subjected to age discrimination may wish to protect their rights for employment, but they might be uncertain how to achieve this goal. Those who experience similar challenges could benefit from speaking with an attorney for guidance on how best to approach the situation. An attorney can address the situation and assist a client in Florida in pursuing the most favorable outcome possible through the necessary channels.

Source: The New York Times, “Facebook Job Ads Raise Concerns About Age Discrimination“, Julia Angwin, Noam Scheiber and Ariana Tobin, Dec. 20, 2017

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William J. Cook

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