Age discrimination is illegal yet it remains a problem in today's society. But, as the American Association of Retired Persons (AARP) pointed out in "Job Hunting: Your Guide to Success," rejecting an older applicant isn't always blatant discrimination; it could just be plain ignorance.
The most innocent sounding words could be construed as age discrimination. To help nonprofits avoid any potential legal troubles, the AARP listed words or phrases in job ads or interviews that could give applicants the wrong impression:
- The employer wants a younger looking person for the job.
- “Needs new blood.”
- Someone says there is no job opening, but the next day a position is advertised.
- The employer assumes an applicant would not want a job because of being “over-qualified.”
- The applicant is asked when s/he graduated from college.
- The applicant is asked if there would be any problems working for a younger supervisor.