13 May 2009
Baby boomers 'concerned over age discrimination'
Many people born in the 1950s and 1960s are concerned that they will face age discrimination in the workplace, it has been found.
More than three-quarters (76 per cent) of baby boomers surveyed reported a belief that they will fall victim to such treatment as they get older, figures produced for the Equality and Human Rights Commission (EHRC) suggest.
Meanwhile, nine in ten respondents said they agree with the proposals to end age discrimination included in the recently-published Equalities Bill.
EHRC chair Trevor Phillips stated: "There are more than 11 million people in the boomer generation who aren't planning on slowing down for a long time yet, but they clearly fear that they will be stopped in their tracks by ageism."
He added that, if they are right, it would be "grossly unfair" and a waste of talent and experience.
An independent organisation, the EHRC was established under the Equality Act 2006.