Older Americans generally have a wealth of knowledge. They typically know what has been tried before, why one method will work better than another and a vast array of other critical details. This type of knowledge is gained through experience; however, some companies do not recognize the value of these older individuals. In fact, some older California residents will find themselves the victim of age discrimination either in their current job or as they are searching for a new job.
In some cases, proving that age was the determining factor in an individual not being hired or action being taken regarding current employment has been difficult. Companies would indicate that there were other factors that led to the decision. As things stand now, older Americans often find it difficult to prove age discrimination because this proof is held to the standard of being the only reason for the company's decision.
Recently, the House Education and Labor Committee voted on a proposal that is meant to assist older Americans and help bring an end to such discrimination. In many instances, companies will take action or fail to hire an older individual and place the blame on something other than the true reason in an attempt avoid discrimination issues. This new legislative proposal is designed to protect the older California resident who finds him or herself in such a situation.
The number of older Americans in the workforce continues to increase. With many of these individuals not wanting, or financially unable, to retire, this new proposal may help prevent the age discrimination that so many have faced in the past. If one believes that he or she has been the victim of discrimination, it may be time to take legal action.