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Age discrimination more likely for men, says study

Men are more likely than women to experience discrimination in Massachusetts workplaces based on their age, according to a study. Insurance company Hiscox released its 2019 Ageism in the Workplace Study, which found that less than 33% of women believed age had been an obstacle in looking for a new job after they were 40 years old. At the same time, 43% of men in the study said they thought being 40 or over had negatively impacted their job search.

Approximately 25% of women said they believed age hindered their career advancement after they reached 40, compared to almost 40% of men. One out of five workers at or over the age of 40, overall, said they had been discriminated against at work because of their age. Most respondents also said there was no ageism bias training over the prior 12 months. According to the study, people believe workplace age discrimination is most likely beginning at age 51, but 67% of respondents said they planned to work until after they were 66 years old.

Among those who said they had experienced workplace discrimination due to their age, only 40% said they filed a complaint or charge. The reasons they did not pursue relief included lacking knowledge about the process and fearing such a pursuit would result in a hostile work environment. More than 50% of workers who said they witnessed age discrimination against someone else at work chose not to report it.

People who are discriminated against because of their age might have claims for relief under federal or Massachusetts law. An attorney who practices employment law might be able to help by interviewing witnesses and building a case for trial. Boston, Massachusetts, employment discrimination attorneys might examine the facts of the case and advise the client regarding potential recovery and avenues of relief. An attorney might be able to negotiate a resolution with the employer or pursue damages in a civil proceeding.

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