I am in the process of re-writing an interviewing training class. I looked on the EEOC’s website for accurate numbers for 2010 settlements and was a bit surprised to see ADEA out of court settlements at $93,600,000. Age Discrimination settlements come as the second highest dollar amount after Title VII.
Yet age discrimination is much harder to prove, it hinges on the “but for” standard, meaning the accusor must prove that their age was the reason they were not selected. So why is it such a substancial issue? Is it class action suites? Do employers find it easier to settle than fight?
And as a creep up to 40, I wonder are people really discriminated against when they turn 40? Should the ADEA be ammended to protect people at another age maybe 50?
What are your thoughts?