Few doubt the existence of ageism in the workplace. In fact: 64% of over 40s believe age-based discrimination in the workplace is common, while just 50% say the same about racism. 34% of US workers in their 40s feel their age ‘holds them back’ at work – more than sexism, disabilities or sexual orientation. 60% […]
On August 15, 2022, the U.S. Third Circuit Court of Appeals (whose rulings apply to New Jersey, Delaware, and Pennsylvania employers) upheld the District of New Jersey’s dismissal of an employee’s age discrimination claims, finding she was unable to show her employer’s nondiscriminatory reasons for not hiring her were “so plainly wrong that it cannot […]
In a previous post, we discussed the challenge of ageism in organizational recruiting. Many organizations, whether wittingly or unwittingly, tend to favor applicants of a certain age in their recruitment efforts. This might take the shape of giving short shrift to an application from a 50-something candidate or discarding an application from a candidate in […]
Former employees alleging age discrimination have the burden to prove the employment decision in question hinged on their age. In a recent case arising in Nebraska, the U.S. 8th Circuit Court of Appeals (which has jurisdiction over employment claims arising in the state) found the federal trial court in Omaha had properly dismissed the age […]
Ageism is conscious and unconscious prejudice, stereotyping, and discrimination against people solely based on their age. Although the term is not new—it was coined in 1969 by Robert Neil Butler—its effects are being felt in the workplace more strongly today than ever. As people live longer and stay in the workforce longer, the issue of […]
With the low unemployment rate and high demand for workers, jobseekers might think they have it made. People interested in fast-food or retail jobs are often quickly hired, but workers in other fields, especially those who are in their 50s or older and are seeking professions that require higher education and years of experience, often […]
As Millennials and Gen Z continue to infiltrate the workforce, much attention has been given to attracting and retaining these young workers. But what about Baby Boomers and Gen X? Have we completely overlooked the older generations when it comes to hiring top talent?
A tour through a typical workplace is likely to show employees fresh out of school working alongside workers their parents’ age or older. Researchers have long taken note of the wave of Millennial workers—and lately the even younger Gen Z workers—finding their way in the world of work long populated by Gen Xers, Baby Boomers, […]
One of the primary functions of a Human Resources department is to be aware of and ensure compliance with a wide range of laws and regulations involving workplace conduct, such as sexual harassment and various forms of discrimination.
It wasn’t so long ago that older workers feared—and not without cause—losing their jobs to younger competition. The thought was that younger, energetic talent having just acquired the most up-to-date education would force out older colleagues who were making more money due to their seniority but who were likely to be less productive than the […]