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regarding hiring, promotion, and skills development. In one study, researchers had
university students make hypothetical recommendations regarding younger and
older male workers. An older man was less likely to be hired for a finance job that
required rapid, high-risk decisions. An older man was considered less promotable
for a marketing position that required creative solutions to difficult problems.
Finally, an older worker was less likely to be permitted to attend a conference on
advanced production systems.44 These decisions reflect the stereotypes of the older
worker depicted above, and they are doubtless indicative of the tendency for older
employees to be laid off during corporate restructuring.
A public awareness campaign to
combat age stereotypes and
discrimination sponsored by
Canada’s Association for the
Fifty-Plus and the Ontario
Human Rights Commission
featured this poster with the tag
line: “Nobody has a shelf life.” 85 86 Ontario Human Rights
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This document was uploaded on 03/27/2014.
- Spring '14