There is a lack of equality when it comes to older generations in the workforce. Older job applicants have a difficult time obtaining a job when they are competing with younger applicants for the same position. Older job applicants are generally though of being slower, more difficult to train, and ultimately cost more money to learn the job than a young job applicant.
In many companies, older workers are considered to be behind the times and not as smart as younger counterparts. Younger workers are also viewed as working smarter, having better education, and being more technologically advanced than their older co-workers. Many companies try to move older workers out in order to bring in "fresh insights" and "new ideas." Younger workers are paid higher salaries than older workers in many cases. I'm sure some older workers are in need of retirement, but many are quite energetic and have kept up with new trends. Older workers also have what is termed "institutional knowledge" which is the knowledge gained by being in the workforce for a long period of time. Many times the knowledge that older workers have accumulated more than makes up for any lack of current educational prowess.
There is definite ageism in the workforce. In our tech based work environments, the assumption is made that older generations may not be as capable to compete in the areas of technology. This is a mistake. My 92 year old grandmother is on the computer all the time and Skypes me regularly.
Unfortunately we live in a society where youth is valued over the contributions of older generations. It is apparent in pop culture, from TV ads to movies. As a result, the older generation suffers when they seek employment as many employers do not value their experience and are not sensitive enough to the fact that many older citizens need to work and make a livable wage in order to survive. News reports about this issue are filled with anecdotes of older citizens who suffer insults when interviewers make comments that can be classified as ageist.