Arkansas ranks #2 for worst age discrimination trends in the nation according to a new study using EEOC data.

Discrimination attorneys warn some employers will use the pandemic as a cover to push out older, typically higher-paid workers and replace them with younger employees.

Arkansas data from the research team at

  • 8.5 age discrimination charges have been filed per capita 100k in Arkansas over the past twenty years earning it the #2 rank for age discrimination in the US (graphic attached).
  • Age discrimination complaints have increased 2.8% from 2018 to 2019.
  • 21.3% of all EEOC charges in Arkansas fell under age discrimination in 2019.

In April 2020 the unemployment rate of older workers rose 2.5 times more than it did at the peak of the Great Recession. The general upward trend in age discrimination cases in Arkansas could greatly worsen furloughs and permanent layoffs of older workers in the next six months.

Another study found over 20% plan to continue working to supplement their retirement in order to make a livable income. Layoffs during COVID-19 may prevent some older workers from ever finding another job.

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