Court ruling may change how we look at age discrimination

In my experience people who are not in HR are often surprised to find out that the age limit in age discrimination is 40 years of age. The reaction is often “That is not that old!” When asked what age they thought was old and should be afforded some protection the answer is generally 55 …

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Ideal age range as hiring criteria? Really?

If you are over the age of 50 you know that “ageism” is still rampant in the workplace. To me it is the “hidden” discrimination that is far more wide spread than what many people think. If you are in human resources you know that age discrimination is illegal, yet often we turn a blind …

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Age versus Fitness for Duty: Which Standard to Use?

  I originally published this in September of 2011. Based on a news story I thought it was appropriate to rerun it. In Atlanta the city government had to pay a large settlement to a 60 year old firefighter who was removed from his job and replaced by a younger firefighter. The reason originally given …

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Age Discrimination Alert: EEOC Ups the Ante on ADEA by Issuing RFOA Final Ruling

I am sure you are wondering what the heck this title is all about with all the acronyms, and you may be tempted to pass this post by in your daily reading. That would not be a good idea. RFOA is an acronym you need to know and the EEOC confirmed that on March 30th …

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Age versus Fitness for Duty: Which Standard to Use?

 A bizarre occurrence was profiled in the local news yesterday that has raised the question of what standard should be used in making an employment decision, age or fitness for duty. Here is the situation. A man had just gotten into his car when he looked up to see a pistol barrel pointed at him. …

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Age Discrimination: Going Away or Alive and Well?

A recent article entitled How to Start a Career at Any Age quoted Michael Brandt, chief operating officer of BrightMove, a Florida-based company that designs recruiting and staffing software. He said “Age really has no bearing. The only thing that really matters is the skills that you have.” Mr. Brandt estimates that 95 percent of …

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The Age Discrimination in Employment Act (ADEA): Not Your Standard Discrimination Law

Most people know that age is a “protected” category in discrimination law. The ADEA (Age Discrimination in Employment Act) is the law that amended the Title VII of the Civil Rights of 1964 to add age as a protected categroy, but did you know there are several things about that make it different than the …

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Age Discrimination in 2011

The Age Discrimination in Employment Act (ADEA) was passed in 1967. It protects workers aged 40 and over from discrimination in all acts of employment, including hiring, promotion, training, compensation and termination. Despite this law having been on the books for 44 years age discrimination is rampant and has become even more so with the …

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Ageism Part 3: What HR Needs to Know

Age was not originally part of the protected catagories as defined by the Civil Rights Act of 1964. It was added with the 1967 passage of the Age Discrimination in Employment Act. And unlike the CRA where coverage starts at 15 employees, its coverage does not start until 20 employees. (This lack of consistency drives HR …

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AgeISM Part 2: The Roots of the Bias

Just to get this out of the way… I am not a sociologist or a social anthropologist. So the statement I am about to make is pretty much my impression of social trends. Today, U.S. baby boomers, who are the most frequent complainers/targets of ageism, are suffering the results of their own making. Prior to …

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