making reference to the ‘‘future’’ and to ‘‘potential.’’ Older employees have less future time left
in their careers by definition. Also, older employees are commonly viewed as tending to be at a
flatter period in terms of their growth curve, which may create the perception that they have less
potential for future work. This is problematic not only because it may have negative outcomes in
terms of adverse impact, but also because the assessment of ‘‘potential’’ is very subjective.
Second, other subjective criteria such as adaptability and flexibility are common in
downsizings because of the uncertainty of the future. However, this may be problematic because