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Is ageism widespread in the workplace?—

8 June 2012—Ageism is the last of the -isms (racism, sexism) to get any attention, especially in the workplace. But ageism is rampant. Once workers hit 50 or 55, they start to worry about how their age is perceived and whether they will be passed over for a job or promotion. And for good reason.

“We know age discrimination is widespread,” said Jacquelyn James, director of research at Sloan Center on Aging & Work at Boston College. “Age discrimination lawsuits have been increasing over the last five years, and those are just the people who decide to take legal action.”

But they’re the just the tip of the iceberg.

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