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Age Discrimination

Acts of age discrimination are motivated by prejudice toward an individual’s or a group’s age. In the workplace, age discrimination occurs when an employer treats an employee or prospective employee differently than others because of the person’s age.

Age discrimination is a real and present issue in the workplace, and it will become more so in the United States as the large population of baby boomers grow older. Businesses without a firm philosophy and a belief in diversity in the workplace will be challenged to address age-related bias and determine whether such biases are warranted. Are older workers less productive than younger workers, or is it simply a difference in work style and maturity? Relative to costs, what does an employer lose in institutional knowledge, ...

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