Ageism or Discrimination against Older Adults in Work Life

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DOI: 10.16917/iusosyoloji.284541

OnlineFirst published on December 31, 2016

Year: 2016 Vol: 36 Number: 2

Abstract

The variable structure of unemployment in the labor market also brings critical changes with it. The increasing number of workers over 50 in the labor force and the rapid aging of the labor force support this fact. In this context, unless countries resolve the issue of unemployment, it may become a global concern. An increase in unemployment rates has already generally been observed over the years. Unemployment in the older age group lasts longer and more intensely compared to youths. Thus, increasing the participation rates of older people in the labor market and preventing discrimination against them while searching for work, as well as in business life, is important. Several policies are required to address the problems older workers face in the labor market. This study investigates the issues that the aging face in the labor market and the dimensions of discrimination against older adults discrimination in their work lives. The purpose of the study is to emphasize that aging has become a reason for discrimination in work life and to recommend social policies for resolving this issue.

Keywords
Older adults • Employee • Labor force • Discrimination • Labor market

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