Even among employers that serve as models for sexual harassment and race-discrimination training, one type of bias often tolerated is age-based discrimination and harassment, says Atlanta-based employment-law attorney Douglas Towns.
"Employers are much more tolerant about age jokes than they are about race jokes," said Towns. Employees can use such leniency as ammunition against you when filing age-bias lawsuits.
The lesson: When training employees about sex and race discrimination, remind them that your organization takes age-related bias just as seriously. Provide examples of what is out of bounds. Urge supervisors to forward any such complaints to you.
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