To the editor: Ageism, along with other forms of discrimination, is hardly ever talked about, especially compared with gender and racial discrimination and other well-known forms of bias based on sexual orientation, marital status and religion (or lack thereof). For the relatively old, the obese or those who don't conform to society's idea of beauty, discrimination is real and has an enormous impact in their lives. As a society we have made it a taboo to discuss these discriminatory behaviors, often resulting in silenced victims and the failure to implement laws that can protect them from unfair treatment. It is time for a discussion on these other forms of discrimination. The old excuse that they are hard to prove is only that: a poor excuse to avoid talking about a delicate subject.
Employers engage artificial intelligence solutions amid a talent shortage. As employers grapple with a widespread labor shortage, more are turning to artificial intelligence tools in their search for qualified candidates. Hiring managers are using increasingly sophisticated AI solutions to streamline large parts of the hiring process. The tools scrape online job boards and evaluate applications to identify the best fits. They can even stage entire online interviews and scan everything from word choice to facial expressions before recommending the most qualified prospects.
Companies speak with job seekers at a job fair in Pittsburgh. Companies speak with job seekers at a job fair in Pittsburgh. The federal Age Discrimination in Employment Act turns 50 this year -- about the age when many American workers begin to encounter the kinds of biases the law was intended to prevent. At this "milestone of middle age," quipped Victoria Lipnic, acting chair of the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, the law is grappling with new forms of age discrimination in the Internet era. Research by EEOC, which received 20,857 claims of age discrimination last year, found that 65% of older workers say age is a barrier to getting a job.
Is the robot revolution arriving sooner -- and with more devastating force -- than you once believed? While much of the automation discussion has surrounded blue-collar careers in manufacturing and transportation, recent studies on the subject see a much wider range of jobs being affected. According to an algorithm developed in 2013 by researchers at Oxford University, 47 percent of U.S. jobs could be automated "in the next decade or two." A more recent multinational study puts 210 million jobs in 32 countries at risk. But these numbers don't show the full picture of the future of work.
SAN FRANCISCO -- Employers are using Facebook to target job ads to men only, excluding women and anyone who identifies as another gender from employment opportunities, according to a complaint filed Tuesday with the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission. The complaint, the first step before filing a discrimination lawsuit, is being brought against Facebook and nine employers on behalf of three women who say the ad filtering kept them from seeing job postings in male-dominated fields including construction, trucking and software. All but one of the job ads cited in the complaint were also targeted to younger workers. "I shouldn't be shut out of the chance to hear about a job opportunity just because I am a woman," Linda Bradley, a job seeker and complainant, said in a statement about Tuesday's complaint. Facebook is also named in the complaint "because it is creating the mechanisms by which employers can elect to unlawfully target their advertisements based on gender and age" and it's profiting from the ads, Galen Sherwin, senior staff attorney at the ACLU Women's Rights Project, told USA TODAY.