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Discriminated for being younger: Reverse ageism in the workplace

On Behalf of | Feb 28, 2024 | Employment Law for Employees, Workplace Discrimination |

While we have come a long way when it comes to combating discrimination, it is unfortunately still rampant in work environments. Employees still experience bias in hiring processes, promotions, pay, job assignments and other aspects of employment due to them being part of a certain class. This could be gender, race, disability, sexual orientation and so on.

Reverse ageism is a unique challenge that young workers may face.

What is it?

Reverse ageism is a type of discrimination against an individual for being relatively younger than other employees. It involves assumptions, stereotypes or actions that undervalue or limit individuals based on their perceived youthfulness rather than their skills, abilities and experiences.

What are its signs?

This form of discrimination can manifest in various ways, from being passed over for promotions to not being taken seriously in decision-making processes or being subjected to condescending attitudes from older colleagues.

What are its effects?

Reverse ageism can hamper career growth, lead to decreased job satisfaction and create a division among employees of different ages. Hence, it is essential for employers to recognize the value that younger workers bring to the table, such as fresh perspectives, adaptability to new technologies and innovative problem-solving skills.

Age should not matter

All employees start as a young worker, looking to gain more experience and contribute insights in the workplace. Hence, no worker should experience discrimination for being younger.

If you believe you are experiencing age discrimination in your workplace, having an experienced employment law attorney review the facts of your case can help you explore your options and protect your employee rights.