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Three Signs You Are the Victim of Age Discrimination

IBM is one of the largest tech companies in the country. However, former employees are accusing the company of using ageism as a strategy to keep the tech giant on top. A new wave of millennial hires is being utilized to give the company a fresh face. But older employees are being laid off as a consequence, though the law forbids this practice. Could this happen where you work? Here are some things to watch out for if you suspect your employer is discriminating based on age. What Are the Signs of Age Discrimination? Older Workers Are Disappearing – Have you noticed lots of older workers being released from their positions? Are all the new hires really young? IBM would release roles to its employees listing the names of everyone who was laid off and everyone who was hired. This practice ended in 2014, and some believe it was to…
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Are You a Digital Native or Digital Immigrant, and What Does That Mean?

aAre employers using code words, such as “Digital Native,” in job postings to discourage older job applicants from applying to work at their company? Am I a Digital Native or Digital Immigrant? The Los Angeles Times featured a report in late June detailing how employers are using code words in job advertisements to prevent older workers from responding to the ad. An example used in the article was the term “Digital Native.” According to the story, a “Digital Native” is a younger person who grew up during the Internet age. Many employers prefer to hire digital natives because they believe that since they grew up with technology, they will be able to adapt easily to technological systems in the workplace. This is in contrast to “Digital Immigrants.” A digital immigrant is an older person who grew up prior to the Internet. Some employers do not like to hire digital immigrants,…
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What Are Common Warning Signs of Age Discrimination?

Older Americans are increasingly facing age discrimination while job hunting. In fact, a new study shows exactly how bad the problem has become. According to research from the University of California at Irvine, the callback rates are 25 percent lower for jobseekers around 65 years old. Age discrimination is not always easy to spot for employees or jobseekers. However, there are warning signs of age discrimination. Inappropriate comments: Older jobseekers and employees should be on the lookout for offensive comments directed at their age. Nicknames like grandma or grandpa may be an indicator. Harassment is one of the most common signs of discrimination. Poor performance reviews: Employers may target older employees with negative performance reviews. This may happen even when the targeted employees have a proven record of hard work and success. Reassignments: Older workers may be assigned to job duties that do not reflect their experience. This is often…
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