Past it at 40?

A grassroots view of ageism and discrimination in employment

Lucy Gaster

Past it at 40?
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Lucy Gaster

Distributed for Policy Press at the University of Bristol

68 pages
Paper $24.00 ISBN: 9781861344847 Published October 2002 For sale in North and South America only
Why do so many 'older' people who want to work find it difficult to do so? Why are employers reluctant to employ them? Is it purely the effect of discrimination and ageist attitudes? Or are there some other reasons? What can and should be done to achieve change for the better in the future?Past it at 40? provides answers to these questions. It explores, in detail, the experiences of people over 40 trying to enter the labour market, including: people who have been made redundant; the long-term unemployed; women returners; people with disabilities; and people still in a job but needing new skills to keep going. Employers' attitudes, policies and practices are examined, revealing a worrying lack of awareness of national and European legislation in relation to the employment of older people.
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