code words for age discrimination

We recently posted that the BBC reported that numerous age discriminatory ads appear on the UK government’s Universal Jobmatch website, seeking “recent graduates” or “young graduates.”

One UK ad read: ”We are always looking to recruit talented, ambitious young people who may fit well into one of our progressive thinking departments such as media, including

We have compiled a long list of words or terms used by employers to describe older employees — which the employees have later used in court as direct evidence of age discrimination under the ADEA.

Add another word to the list, which includes “ancient,” “old school,” “set in his ways,” “not a proper fit for

We know that the population is aging.  This is reflected in the workforce, and in the increasing  number of charges are age bias.

In discussing “The Normal Heart,” HBO’s adaptation of Larry Kramer’s 1985 play about the early days of the AIDS crisis in New York,  Gina Bellafante in the New York Times says that

We came across a Q and A columnist for the BusinessTelegram.com, published online by the Worchester [Mass.] Telegram & Gazette,  who wrote about a job seeking reader who noted a job ad which said “’We seek enthusiastic employees for a young, dynamic company,” and who asked:  ” I now suspect that’s code for no oldies

19525358_sAlthough telling an 80 year old employee that “you need to spend more time with your retired husband” is not in and of itself evidence of age discrimination, nonetheless it could very well be if the employee was, in fact, repeatedly “prodded” to leave voluntarily.

According to the Patriot-News of Central PA, this is