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Oldest Boomers Are Increasingly Facing Discrimination in the Workplace | Time: Business & Money

written by: Dan Kadlec @dankadlec

As the oldest boomers blaze the trail into an extended working life, increasingly they are experiencing classic age discrimination. One in five workers between 45 and 74 say they have been turned down for a job because of age, AARP reports. About one in 10 say they were passed up for a promotion, laid off or denied access to career development because of their age.

Even those oldest boomers not held back professionally because of age may experience something called microaggressions, which are “brief and commonplace daily verbal, behavioral, and environmental indignities, whether intentional or unintentional, that communicate hostile, derogatory or negative racial slights and insults to the target person or group,” according to research out of Columbia University.

These same indignities can be age related, according to researchers at the Sloan Center on Aging. Often, the younger workers responsible for a subtle snub or dismissive look aren’t even aware of the slight. Yet terms like “geezer” and “gramps” in the context of a work function “affect older workers in the same way that they do members of racial minorities, eroding self-esteem,” write the Sloan Center researchers.