Title of Abstract

Age Discrimination in The Workplace: What Can Be Done About It?

Submitting Student(s)

Joseph Jones

Faculty Sponsor (for work done with a non-Winthrop mentor)

Melissa Carsten, Ph.D.; Tracy Griggs, Ph.D.; Kent Miller, Ph.D.; & Michael Lipscomb, Ph.D.

College

College of Business Administration

Department

Management & Marketing

Abstract

In the United States, age discrimination in the workplace is still a significant problem. Though the Age Discrimination Act of 1967 protects employees 40 and older from explicit age discrimination. Many older individuals still face implicit bias when trying to find a job. My research explores what needs to be done to effectively combat age discrimination. To do this, an understanding of the roots of ageism in society needs to be developed. Based on a survey of scholarly articles and statistical studies involving age discrimination, we find that age discrimination practices are largely rooted in individual fears of things such as dependance and disability. Therefore, in order to combat age discrimination in the workplace, society will need to eliminate negative stereotypes regarding the elderly through mass education on the wide-reaching scope of ageism and its negative effects.

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15-4-2022 12:00 PM

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Age Discrimination in The Workplace: What Can Be Done About It?

In the United States, age discrimination in the workplace is still a significant problem. Though the Age Discrimination Act of 1967 protects employees 40 and older from explicit age discrimination. Many older individuals still face implicit bias when trying to find a job. My research explores what needs to be done to effectively combat age discrimination. To do this, an understanding of the roots of ageism in society needs to be developed. Based on a survey of scholarly articles and statistical studies involving age discrimination, we find that age discrimination practices are largely rooted in individual fears of things such as dependance and disability. Therefore, in order to combat age discrimination in the workplace, society will need to eliminate negative stereotypes regarding the elderly through mass education on the wide-reaching scope of ageism and its negative effects.