One wrong word can launch a lawsuit: Warn bosses about the danger of ageist comments

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Following past recessions, hiring typically took place across the age spectrum once recovery began. Not this time. The Great Recession and its hiring hangover have hit older workers particularly hard.

That’s sure to mean more lawsuits. Employment lawyers smell blood and will soon be going after employers they perceive as having policies biased against hiring older workers. Don’t let your organization end up as a target.

Now is a good time to have a serious talk with everyone involved in the recruiting process. Explain that comments reflecting a preference for younger workers are inappropriate and can lead to litigation and jury awards.

Recent case: Kathy Jones was 56 years old when she applied for a promotion at the university where she was an admissions representative. She was initially one of three top candidates for the director of admissions position. The selection committee included Richard Buckles, the university presi...(register to read more)

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