Age Discrimination—Statistics Don’t Lie

Different industries have their own signature labor code violations that you often hear about in the news. Tech industries are often accused of gender discrimination and sexism. Food service institutions are routinely served with wage and hour lawsuits. Fashion retailers see sexual harassments claims from both employees and customers. The often forgotten prejudice in labor law, however, is age discrimination.

In California, the law protects employees over the age of 40 from age discrimination. However, high wage earners are not a protected class. Since those over the age of 40 are usually the employees who are most seasoned and therefore paid more, it is easy for a company to label an age fueled termination as a “lay-off” based on finances.

Though baby boomers make up a good portion of the current workforce, median ages in many industries and companies reflect a much younger work force. Is it coincidence? Or are older workers targeted in an unassuming, inconspicuous way? Payscale compiled some interesting statistics based on company and industry about ages and wages.

The median age for a Google employee is 29 years old, with median salary at $107,000. On average, an employee will stay with Google for 1.1 years. Other companies with young employees are Target (28), Office Depot (27), and eBay Inc. (30) with tenures of 2.2 years, 2.0 years, and 1.9 respectively. Only one company surveyed out of the hundreds, reflected a median age of 50—Kodak.

If you feel you have been discriminated against based on age, call an Aegis attorney.

Source: Payscale & Fox Business