Title

Reverse Age Discrimination in the 2012 Workplace: Real or Perceived Issue?

Date of Award

5-25-2012

Document Type

Capstone Project

Disciplines

Human Resource Administration

Degree Name

Master of Professional Studies

Department

Strategic HR Management

Advisor

Amy Kelsall

Keywords

Reverse Age Discrimination in the 2012 Workplace

Abstract

While the Age Discrimination in Employment Act prohibits employment discrimination against persons aged 40 and older, many young workers are feeling the brunt of discrimination from their employers and feel it is because of their age. Younger workers feel that their age is being unfairly held against them and are being denied opportunities and benefits and feel they are being targeted for layoffs more than their older counterparts. But it begs the question of whether this discrimination is real or it is perceived by a generation already stereotyped as slackers and entitlists. Researching this issue will delve deeper into the perceptions of younger workers and will allow employers to understand these perceptions when implementing strategic company-wide plans and initiatives.

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