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Black workers may face double age discrimination, research says

On Behalf of | May 25, 2021 | Workplace Discrimination |

When does age discrimination occur? Many in Oakland would say once a person is over 40 or is nearing retirement. However, recent research shows that such concepts apply to White workers. However, Black workers face age discrimination twice, both when they are young workers and again when they are approaching retirement.

The study

A study conducted by Texas A&M University studied this topic and found that Black workers were not hired as often as White workers, even if the two had the same years of experience. While this gap appears to close during middle age, Black workers are more likely than White workers to be subjected to age discrimination in the workplace in their later years.

The effect of age discrimination

Many young Black individuals experience unemployment due to age discrimination. In contrast, White individuals gain a foot in the door when hired at a young age, depressing Black individuals’ lifetime earnings. This is due to stereotypes about young Black individuals, both when they begin their careers and when they move to higher level jobs where they are often seen as overqualified for the job. According to one expert, hiring managers are more apt to accept White applicants at face value while subconsciously pursuing more scrutiny of Black applicants.

Moreover, according to one report, when a middle-aged White applicant applies to an entry level job, their employment is questioned, as it is assumed they should be qualified for a higher position. However, when a middle-aged Black applicant applied to an entry level job, they would be accepted to these lower-paying positions compared to their skill level and ability to perform higher-paying positions.

Learn more about employment discrimination

Discrimination in the workplace based on race is wrong, but the unfortunate fact is that it still occurs in Oakland and across the U.S. This post is for educational purposes only and does not contain legal advice. Our firm’s webpage on employment discrimination may be a good resource for those who want to learn more about this important topic.