Discussion 2: Ageism in Society
After the Great Recession of 2008, many older people were laid off and struggled to find work. These individuals were typically over 50 years old, had 25 or more years of work experience, and were highly skilled. Yet, they could not find work. Why?
The answer is complicated, and there were many factors at play, but many economic and labor experts said the answer was simple: ageism. At that time, many companies were hiring at salary levels far below what they were paying pre-recession. They were cutting back, looking to get “leaner and meaner,” and fewer positions were available. This, combined with high unemployment, made for intense job competition. Out-of-work people over 50 years old frequently found themselves in direct competition with younger….