Over 50s 'facing workplace discrimination'

Over 50s are continuing to face discrimination from companies which consider them too old for their jobs, according to an employers network.

Rachel Krys, director for the Employers Forum on Age, has suggested that older people attempting to return to or seek new work in their 50s are finding themselves turned away from jobs they are qualified for.

This could be due to bosses being unwilling to supervise employees who may be older than they are, or else it may be due to the perception that over 50s are simply "coasting towards retirement".

As a result, Ms Krys is calling on the government to take action to ensure that such age discrimination does not continue to prevent over 50s from working.

She said: "I think the government removing the retirement age would send a really strong signal that ageism is not acceptable … People should be allowed to make their own decisions about … when they retire."

This comes after financial consultant Hymans Robertson this week suggested that more and more over 50s are looking to work beyond the retirement age due to increased pressure on finances.

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