Facebook Job Ads Raise Concerns About Age Discrimination

The ability of advertisers to deliver their message to the precise audience most likely to respond is the cornerstone of Facebook’s business model. But using the system to expose job opportunities only to certain age groups has raised concerns about fairness to older workers. Several experts questioned whether the practice is in keeping with the federal Age Discrimination in Employment Act of 1967, which prohibits bias against people 40 or older in hiring or employment. Many jurisdictions make it unlawful to “aid” or “abet” age discrimination, a provision that could apply to companies like Facebook that distribute job ads. “It’s blatantly unlawful,” said Debra Katz, a Washington employment lawyer who represents victims of discrimination.


Facebook Job Ads Raise Concerns About Age Discrimination T-Mobile, Amazon, and other companies are accused of using Facebook ads to exclude older Americans from jobs (Washington Post)