Remind supervisors that when it comes to age discrimination, what they say matters. They should never comment directly on age, and should avoid references to “generational differences” or anything else that might be construed as code for age discrimination.
Recent case: Pat was 61 years old and worked as a general manager at Auntie Ruth’s Furry Friends, an upscale dog and cat boarding kennel in Minnetonka. When the business was sold to two young people under age 30, the new owners told everyone that they had to reapply for their jobs—using an application that requested the applicant’s age and high school graduation date.
When Pat interviewed, she told the two new owners she believed the questions were illegal age discrimination. They agreed to remove the questions.
During the interview, the owners asked her to take a $5-per-hour pay cut and said they wanted to relieve her of some of her duties and give them to one of the new...(register to read more)