Interviewing older candidates: Don’t cross the bias line

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THE LAW. The Age Discrimination in Employment Act (ADEA) makes it illegal to discriminate in the work-place against people over age 40 on the basis of their age. The law protects people over age 40 from age bias in hiring, promotion, benefits, pay and termination.

Also, employers must be aware that disabilities are more prevalent among older employees. Under the ADA, you can't refuse to hire or promote a qualified disabled person who can perform the job's essential functions with (or without) a reasonable accommodation.

WHAT'S NEW. The U.S. work force continues to gray. By 2008, 40 percent of U.S. employees will be age 45 and older, compared with only 33 percent in 1998.

As a result, more organizations are making older employees part of their recruiting and diversity initiatives. The AARP Web site includes a "Featured Employer" section that highlights organizations that actively recruit older employees (www.aarp...(register to read more)

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