Age discrimination is widespread, well-documented, and deeply entrenched in the American workplace. Age discrimination is illegal, and it has been for the past half century.
But sit down and have several drinks with aging colleagues and neighbors, and it won’t be long before people are swapping stories about age prejudice on the job or on the job hunt.
That said, age discrimination is exerting a little less influence on the job market in the aggregate, largely thanks to the tight labor market of recent years.
This judgment isn’t to minimize the pain of those discriminated against. But employers are starting to rethink their attitudes.