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Age Discrimination Lawyer found this extremely insightful
Reviewed in the United States on March 6, 2017
I found this author through a New York Times editorial and was led to her website and blog, which I so thoroughly enjoyed. Is Ageism the "Last Acceptible Prejudice?" I've heard that said about casual anti-Semitism ("Jew him down"), casual homophobia ("that's so Gay!"), but jokes about "I've fallen and I can't get up are endemic without a second look. In my practice, I see long-term employees with good evaluations over a long period of time, suddenly deemed incompetent. I even, in one case, collected the data from the entire Board of Education of New York City and learned that statistically, teachers over 40 were more likely to be charged with incompetence than those under - and with each ten-year increase in age, the chances went up. The Court rejected the evidence because an arbitrator had accepted the testimony of the principal - a rule rejected by another part of the country. I took the case to the U.S. Supreme Court, and my brief got some notice, but was not accepted for argument. Later, the Supreme Court made it harder for aggrieved employees to sue. Local laws, like those in New York City lessen the burden, but "out with the old in with the new" is presumptively accepted in the workplace, and the employer will find a way to get rid of an employee for some reason or another. People in my position must hunt for clues - like statistical evidence - and statements and negative treatment that will allow a jury to infer ageism. This author's book gave me so many insights (and now citations) to inferences to be made from statements and actions and I'm so glad I was surfing the web and found this wonderful and important book about fundamental human rights.