Older Americans know all too well that there are certain prejudices against older people. Older people are stereotyped and discriminated against, and old age itself is stigmatized in our youth-obsessed culture. The umbrella term for these attitudes and behaviors is called ageism.
In 1997, 15,785 age discrimination claims were filed with the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC). In 2013, a staggering 21,396 claims alleging this type of employment discrimination were filed with the agency. Partially due to these raw numbers and partially due to the stories of affected workers being highlighted by the media, it has become apparent that age discrimination is on the rise in the American workplace.
Earlier this month, airplane manufacturing giant Boeing made headlines when it announced that it would be adding 1,000 engineering positions here in Southern California. While the announcement was undoubtedly met with great enthusiasm by some, it has also generated a fair amount of controversy.