NPR

Older Workers Find Age Discrimination Built Right Into Some Job Sites

The websites screen out older job seekers by limiting the dates you can fill in forms, an investigation by the Illinois attorney general found. But other sites say they make a point of fairness.
Older adults have been excluded from some websites that post jobs, according to Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan. Source: Jonathan McHugh

If you're looking for work, you might start with one of those websites that posts jobs. But if you're an older adult looking for work, you might have found yourself excluded from some of the features on those sites.

Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan opened an investigation after a 70-year-old man called her office and complained that he'd been unable to use a resume building tool on JOBR, an app owned by Monster Worldwide.

The problem was the drop-down menu that required you to select the year when you graduated or got your first job. Those dates only went back to 1980. Madigan's office contends that could exclude anyone over 52.

Monster declined NPR's request for comment.

In addition to Monster Worldwide, Madigan's office also contacted Ladders, Inc., Beyond

You're reading a preview, sign up to read more.

More from NPR

NPR3 min readPolitics
In Canadian Vote, Trudeau's Liberals On Top, But Lose Absolute Majority
Trudeau's Liberal Party defeated the Conservatives, but still fell short of an outright majority. It will need to reach out to smaller rival parties to form a new government.
NPR2 min read
More California Blackouts To Avert Wildfires May Start Wednesday, PG&E Says
The utility giant warned over 200,000 customers in 16 California counties that gusty winds and low humidity may bring more proactive power shutoffs starting Wednesday.
NPR3 min readSociety
Where You're Born Even Within A Country Still Matters
Fewer children are dying globally, but a new study finds geographic disparities still exist within many countries.