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Older Colorado workers attempt to fight ageism

On Behalf of | Jan 30, 2019 | Blog

One of the most common forms of employee discrimination is ageism. No matter how much a position requires out of a worker mentally or physically, many employers still ultimately prefer hiring fresh faces over keeping the more experienced employees. This is especially problematic in Colorado since nearly one-third of the state consists of residents over the age of 50.

With how prevalent the problem has become in the workplace, some of the state’s residents have taken it upon themselves to make the issue more well-known amongst the population. They are trying multiple different methods in hopes of getting the point across.

Making new companies

Recently, CBS Denver contacted a woman who founded a company called Age Without Borders. This organization is known for hosting virtual events with specialists on aging workers internationally to see what steps they can take towards ending this form of discrimination. They learn from other countries on what potential older workers have and collaborate with employers to try and decrease the amount of older worker stereotypes.

They are also attempting to persuade Colorado lawmakers into passing bills that would make the state more accepting towards older workers. Some of their proposals include making more legal protections for the elderly, taking away age data in employee applications and giving tax benefits to companies that aren’t afraid to have older staff members.

Addressing the problem in a different language

Other Colorado citizens are taking unique approaches towards spreading awareness on ageism. One example includes a woman who holds workshops that cite frightening statistics on the issue and one way towards fixing it. Her workshop titled “Changing the Narrative” focuses on the vocabulary employees should use towards older workers, suggesting that they use words such as “older adult” instead of “senior.”

She also emphasizes how important it is to treat these workers with respect as statistics show in a few decades that older adults are predicted to outnumber children. Having kind behavior in the workplace for them now can help pave the way for future generations treating their predecessors better.

While efforts such as these may help towards decreasing age discrimination, there are still plenty of workers out there wrongfully terminated for the age. If you or a loved one are a victim of this unacceptable behavior, you may want to consider acquiring legal assistance on the matter.

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