One million over-50s out of work ‘because age discrimination laws not enforced’

A million jobseekers over 50 were out of work last year because age discrimination law is not enforced, say MPs.

The Government needs to spell out that prejudice, unconscious bias and casual ageism are
all unlawful, the Women and Equalities Committee concludes.

Tory chair Maria Miller said the scale and lack of enforcement uncovered by the Older People and Employment report was “alarming”.

Recruiters must “develop a plan of action to remove discrimination”, said the report which added: “It is unacceptable that the nation is wasting the talents of more than one million people aged over 50.

“The public sector struggles to retain older workers when it should be leading the way.

“Many older workers often take on a range of caring responsibilities.”

It suggested extra time off to help them.

Mrs Miller said of the Department for Work and Pensions’ 2017 data: “Until we tackle discrimination against over-50s, they will continue to be consigned to the ‘too old’ pile instead of being part of the solution.”

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