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Equality and Human Rights Commission.

Evidence shows that ageism, stereotypes, and misinformation about older people persist across all segments of society, including the workplace. AARP identifies that most employees age 50 and older feel a discrimination of age in the workplace Other AARP studies revealed that management has the following positive perceptions characteristic of older employees: experience, knowledge, work habits, attitudes, commitment to quality and even-temperedness. The same studies also reveal negative perceptions about older employees such as narrow-minded, unwillingness or inability to adapt to new technology, lack of ambition, resistance to change, and the presence of physical limitations. The studies also found that the negative qualities perceived by management carried more weight in the decision to retain or hire older employees.

In addition to these perceived qualities of older employees, employers cite higher wages, increased cost of health insurance and disability, and the expense required to train older workers in new technologies as obstacles to hiring and retaining older employees Some employers also state that older workers lack current knowledge of required skill sets and only use dated skills. Another stereotype: Older employees show less willingness to relocate, travel or move to new job locations than younger workers because they have established family and friends and equity all tied up in home ownership.