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In an AARP survey of New York City voters age 50-plus, nearly half (48 percent) said they had experienced or witnessed age discrimination in the workplace or when seeking a job. These respondents said they either personally experienced discrimination or knew someone who—because of age—was not hired, was passed over for a raise or promotion, was laid off or forced out of a job, was encouraged or forced to retire before being ready or was the brunt of disparaging remarks.

“Older workers in the Big Apple clearly are facing age bias on the job,” said Beth Finkel, AARP state director. “Age discrimination is a huge concern to AARP, and it ought to be to New York City elected officials as well.”