Agency on Aging

Challenging Ageism in Employment

On January 16th, State Senator Derek Slap (D-West Hartford) and a bipartisan group of legislators and advocates announced their support for a bill that prohibits employers from asking the age, date of birth, or graduation dates of job applicants, unless a particular age is a bona fide occupational qualification.

With 436,000 workers in their mid-50’s, Connecticut has the 6th-oldest workforce in the nation, with a median age of 41 (as of 2017.) Just 20% of Connecticut employees were over the age 54 in 2008; today that figure is 26.5%, with the health care, manufacturing, educational services and retail trade industries employing the most workers over age 54.   Read more.                     
Watch the full press conference on CT-N.