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Age Discrimination: Looks Can Be Deceiving

Monday, July 2, 2018   (0 Comments)
Posted by: Alyce Ryan
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Written by: Christine V. Walters, JD, MAS, SHRM-SCP, SPHR,  FiveL Company 


Last month, the U.S. EEOC published a report, "The State of Age Discrimination and Older Workers in the U.S. 50 Years After the Age Discrimination in Employment Act (ADEA)." The ADEA applies to employers with 20 or more employees and prohibits discrimination in employment based on a person's age of 40 or above. Since its enactment, many states have followed suit providing broader protections, including prohibiting discrimination on the basis of any age.  

The EEOC's 54-page report walks the reader through the history of the ADEA and its enforcement; demographics of the aging workforce; changing trends in discrimination and related charges - who's filing and on what bases; and proactive practices. A few examples include:

  • The leadership of an organization should create and foster a workplace culture that extols ability and rejects discriminatory stereotypes and words
  • Employers and employees should recognize and reject stereotypes, assumptions, and remarks about age and older workers
  • Increasing the age diversity of the employer's workforce; and more
For more information and practical tips, join FiveL's August webcast by the same name, "Age Discrimination: Looks Can be Deceiving." Click here for more information or to register.