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Facing up to age discrimination

Thursday, March 03, 2016 @ 7:00 PM | By Stuart Rudner and Richa Sandill

Whether individuals continue to work past age 65 because they want to, or because they have to, mandatory retirement was widely eliminated because it was recognized they should not be prevented from doing so. However, this legal change has inadvertently created some challenges for employers that may have increased discrimination against older workers.

Employers used to be able to allow older workers to retire at a set time with dignity. Slowing work performance with age could be overlooked because retirement was on the horizon. Employers no...