There is no unemployment bias in the workforce. Each job applicant is fairly evaluated based on their education, demonstrated skills, successes and other achievements within the guidelines established by the Federal Government to protect workers.
Outside of those in Government, does anyone really believe this in regard to age?
Why hire someone who's 52 who will take early retirement at 60 and leave your investment falling short. The problem is most people are finding the dream they had in starting their first job have eroded due to housing costs, mortgage issues, Savings and Loan failures, Bank Failures, multiple abrupt downturns in the US and foreign stock markets and a list of other craziness. For many the new retirement age is not the 62 to 65 range but 68 to 74 as even Social Security has been delayed for many plus reduced cost-of-living adjustments.
Many are physically and mentally stronger than prior generations with the wider range of information available to us and dramatic healthcare improvements. So an issue of age is not such a legitimate issue these days.
The knowledge and experience you have from being in the trenches is of greater value than someone who just graduated college and never sat through a team or planning meeting. There are no three dimensional work scenario simulators to prepare people. You have to experience and learn repeatedly to build your real knowledge base. I cringe about taking Calculus, Differential Equations, Imaginary Numbers and other higher math courses when my day-to-day work is Algebra that I do in my head learned in the 9th Grade. But if a Fourier Transformation comes at me in a dark alley I can still hack my way through it.
DEDICATION TO WORK
A number of papers have been written which dispel the argument that older workers are less diligent and committed to their work. The fact is the older generation has a stronger work ethic to achieve the needed objectives on time and on specification.
DEDICATION TO LEARNING
There has been some argument that older workers spend less time learning. While no known studies exist to support this suggestion there are two factors which argue against this perception:
1. The older worker has "been there and done that" thus needing less time to
learn due to past years of experience
2. The opportunity for older workers to learn can be disproportionate as to fund
training to bring younger workers up to a required level of skill and
Extensive thought is not needed in evaluating the potential negative outcomes of stopping a motor vehicle on or within 6 feet outside of the outermost rail. Yet you hear of people who do this very thing then flee their vehicle to avoid death. Why is this? No train, no risk. Train is approaching: risk rises in proportion to the velocity of the train. No way to quickly move your vehicle away from the tracks: risk of significant loss is now emanate along with consequential loss to the property of others foolish enough to have stopped near your vehicle.
This is why we have laws against this yet they ignore wise advice and the law.