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

Date of Award


Document Type

Undergraduate Capstone Project

Degree Name

Master of Professional Studies

Organizational Unit

University College, Strategic Human Resources


Human Resource Administration

First Advisor

Amy Kelsall


Reverse, Age, Discrimination, 2012, Workplace


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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