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Age Discrimination Among the Unemployed, and Movement on a Workplace Harassment Bill

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The Illinois State Senate passed a version of the Namie’s anti-bullying bill. The bill was introduced by Illinois State Senator William Delgado, who said “Being in an abusive work environment is intolerable. This legislation will finally give workers some means of relief from the abuse they may be tolerating in their work environment.”

At the time the Bill was introduced, it was written to apply to public and private employees, to make harassment from bosses and from co-workers illegal, and would have made managers and co-workers individually liable for bullying. The bill even went so far as to make it a criminal act for a manager to retaliate against an employee who complained about bullying. (Read more HERE).

But you know how politics work. Business groups objected. Then there were cries that the bill “would open the floodgates” to employment lawsuits. Then false panic was spread about the bill being “the first step down a slippery slope” of litigating every kind of incivility in all aspects of life (think suing a rude customer service representative). So as of right now, the bill has not passed through the Illinois House of Representatives, and appears to be stalled.

Of the thousands of unemployed people in the U.S., nearly 25% of them have been without a job for a year or more. A year or MORE!

A summarizing article states:

“[T]his trend cuts across nearly every industry and occupation, and affects people of all ages and educational backgrounds. The existence of such a large pool of people – 3.4 million – who have been out of work for so long has had a significant impact on the federal budget.

“The number of Americans who have been out of work for a year or longer is roughly equal to the population of Connecticut,” said Ingrid Schroeder, project director of the Pew Fiscal Analysis Initiative…”

You can read the full article HERE.

Unemployed People over 50 Stay Unemployed Longer

You may have noticed before that when a research think tank like Pew issues a report, a number of journalist “write stories” that summarize different aspects of data from the report (mixed in with a quote or two). Here’s another such story based on the same Pew report, but this one focuses age discrimination.

People over 50, Pew researchers found, are less likely to be unemployed than younger workers, but people over 50 who DO lose their jobs are much less likely than younger workers to find a new job. One example is 59 year old Tom Bedar, who has not been able to find a job since February of 2008. As a former company president, he’s qualified. But that’s not what hiring managers focus on when interviewing Mr. Bedar. Instead…

…he started running into hiring managers and recruiters telling him why they wouldn’t hire him: He was overqualified; he would try to become the boss; he wouldn’t want the job for which he had applied; he would bolt at the first opportunity; the company wanted a younger person whom it could train; the hiring managers knew of unemployed people with skills in their particular industry and wanted their depth of expertise. And in one instance, he was told he would cost more in insurance expenses than a 30-year-old

The full article is HERE.

From the Horse’s Mouth

The data report from Pew underlying both of these articles — if you don’t quite trust journalists either — is HERE.

Friday Links

For everyone who lives under a rock and didn’t know that the U.S. now has another opening on the U.S. Supreme Court, you can learn about it here.

For an interesting list of employment lawsuit settlements, click HERE (Beware, this list appears to have cherry picked all the huge settlements and verdicts, leaving off small ones).

Finally if you haven’t heard about dailybunny.org, well, now you have!

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  1. pligg.com says:

    Age Discrimination Among the Unemployed…

    Illinois Senator Delgado got a Hostile work environment Bully Bill past one chamber; Age Discrimination affects the unemployed and experienced; plus employment lawsuit verdicts and some fun links for the weekend!…

  2. Age Discrimination Among the Unemployed…

    Illinois Senator Delgado got a Hostile work environment Bully Bill past one chamber; Age Discrimination affects the unemployed and experienced; plus employment lawsuit verdicts and some fun links for the weekend!…

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