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Age discrimination a growing issue in a difficult economy

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  • Rocket Science Brigham City, UT
    March 8, 2012 10:40 p.m.

    UALD is very weak, does little to protect older workers and almost always comes down on the side of the corporations. An example is a certain company that builds rocket motors in Utah. About 6 years ago they intentionally over-hired new college graduates and then a couple years later started laying off older workers regardless of how high their performance ratings were. The reduction in older workers was to limit those on the pension plan. Corporate honesty and ethics are thrown out when it comes to dealing with older workers. The law and judges pretty much support it.

  • A voice of Reason Salt Lake City, UT
    March 8, 2012 12:15 p.m.

    I think a lot of age issues arise from computer inexperience. Companies could certainly address this with better software, but most won't pay for it or rarely 'get it right' when they do. I'm sure discrimination is a serious issue when it arises- I just notice more age issues with computers and learning ability than anything else. We have a responsibility to our elderly- most of us ignore this though.