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Ageism rife in UK workplace

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Age-related discrimination and stereotyping are “rooted in British society”, according to research from the Department for Work and Pensions.

The DWP’s report looked at factors associated with age discrimination and prejudice and compared attitudes between people in their 20s and people aged 70 and over.

Accordingly, over a third of respondents had been shown age-related prejudice in the last year, with experiences of age discrimination more prevalent amongst younger groups, especially the under 25s.

In terms of overall impression in the workplace, people in their 40s were viewed as having the most influence in the workplace, with those aged over 70 given a much higher status than those in their 20s.

Additionally, respondents were asked how acceptable or unacceptable they would find a suitably qualified 30-year-old or 70-year-old boss. And while most respondents were accepting of either, three times as many thought that having a 70-year-old boss would be ‘unacceptable’, compared with having a 30-year-old boss.

If you’ve been a victim of age-related discrimination, contact your employment experts today and make sure you’re not given unfair treatment.

Written by Andrew Hodges

January 21, 2012 at 10:01 am