We Don’t Talk Enough About the ‘Other Ageism’

In most cases, reverse ageism — discrimination against younger workers — is legal. While the law offers protections to candidates and employees 40 and over, discrimination against the their younger counterparts is permissible.

But not preferable. Legalities aside, it’s never a good idea to use one’s age as a hiring criteria. At the same time, let’s not pretend that recruiters and hiring managers don’t hold a slew of biases against younger job applicants.

A recent article on TLNT.com, ERE.net’s sister site dedicated to all things HR, explores such prejudices, asking whether “youngism” is the new ageism. It’s worth a read to help ponder potential biases you may hold yourself, as well as to help ensure that your hiring process doesn’t needlessly pigeonhole talent based on age.

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Is ‘Youngism’ the new ageism (and what are you doing about it?)

Vadim Liberman is editor of ERE.net and TLNT (the devil wears TJ Maxx) — a workplace renegade advancing how we think, work, and live. He has previously worked as a strategy consultant to HR and recruiting tech companies at The Starr Conspiracy, as a talent management professional at Prudential, and as senior editor of The Conference Board Review, a magazine for business leaders. Vadim loves to talk about all things HR, talent acquisition, and Bravo TV shows. Bring it!

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