Glossary Term: Age Discrimination

Definition

Also referred to as ‘ageism’, age discrimination involves treating an individual differently because of his or her age, resulting in negative consequences.

What is an example of age discrimination?

An example of a situation where someone treats you worse than another person in a comparable situation because of your age include for instance: An employer invests in colleagues’ development but not investing in your development because the employer considers you ‘too old’.

How to Avoid Age Discrimination in the Workplace

Common ways to avoid age discrimination in the workplace include deploying trainings on discrimination and diversity and establishing clear policies and enforcing them across the complete organizational strategy and employee journey (from hiring to layoffs).

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