Ageism and age discrimination shouldn’thappen in the workplace—but they are a fact of life for older workers. Many employees at traditional retirement age or older are fit, healthy, and perfectly capable of continuing to work. Many have years of expertise and knowledge. But persistent opinions and misconceptions about aging lead to discrimination by younger bosses or co-workers.
Ageism can be annoying but benign, such as a joke about a slow older driver. Or it could happen in more serious ways, such as a layoff from a long-term job a few years before an employee wanted or expected to retire.