by Nithin Coca
Originally published: June 27, 2016
We’ve made considerable progress on increasing diversity in workplaces over the past decade, though numerous challenges remain. One area in particular that needs addressing is ageism – not offering positions or promotions to an individual solely due to their age. As corporate layoffs abound and Silicon Valley perks suit the twenty-something set’s needs, not their parents’, we need to double-down on our efforts to ensure that ageism is eliminated from our workplaces.
We live in a society that normalizes ageism. Today, in far too many offices, making jokes about one’s age remains acceptable — even as we’ve moved on from making similar comments about race, gender and sexual orientation. This normalization of ageism is a major problem, said Dara Smith, an attorney with the AARP Foundation.
“Ageism is so commonplace that many people don’t even know it’s illegal,” Smith told TriplePundit. “Ageist comments, even self-deprecatory ones, are common parlance, and they don’t carry the stigma of other types of prejudice.”