The federal government took actions back in 1967 to ensure that older Americans, including those here in Texas, are able to find gainful employment regardless of their age. The Age Discrimination in Employment Act as modified to remove the upper age limit protection of 65 turns 50 years old this year. The question is whether it is working.
The simple answer is that it "sort of" works. In 2016, approximately 20,857 claims of age discrimination were filed with the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission. That might not seem like a lot considering the number of people employed across the country, but that number only includes the people who actually filed a complaint. Many more choose not to file claims for a variety of reasons.