Another common form of discrimination especially in our current time period is age discrimination. This form mainly targets older citizens of the population such as the silent generation, the baby boomers, and generation x. In an analysis conducted by the Pew Research Center it was found that “one in three American workers today are millennials, and in 2015 they surpassed Generation X to become the largest share of the American workforce” (Fry,2015). With more millennials taking a majority of the workforce its easier for employers to discriminate against older workers. For example, when looking for a job even with all the experience that an older person may be able to provide they are still discriminated against largely due to many expectations or stereotypes held against them. A couple reasons why an employer would stay away from choosing an older candidate could include having to pay a higher salary, expensive benefits, out of date skills, retirement expectations, etc. In this modern world where
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things are extremely faced paced and technological, it seems that the logical thing to do would be to choose the candidate who has more endurance and a better understanding of technology and most times that candidate is of the younger part of the population such as the millennials. Even with this sounding like the more logical thing to do people must work to survive and being older should not be a reason why someone loses out on a job that he/she is equally qualified for.
Effects of the Problem
The sense of being treated unfairly for something such as gender, race, or age can quickly alter someone’s attitudes about the environment they work in and especially the company as a whole if management chooses to do nothing about the issue. The result of management not doing anything or simply being the cause of the issue can lead to disgruntled employees filled with anger and frustration. After a while an employee who is discriminated against may begin to lose motivation due to the belief that performance has nothing or very little impact towards rewards and promotions therefore preventing their full potential (Malone,2017). From this, employees will begin to seek new job opportunities with equal opportunity. Productivity
As mentioned previously a disgruntled employee’s productivity can expect to decrease. When an employee is discriminated against they often feel powerless and will change the way they approach their job duties and reasonability’s. Employees “may suddenly lack interest in job responsibilities, career advancements or the company’s welfare” (Finn,2017). Overall the company ends up hurting as much as the employee. Production and quality both fall and harm the company’s external and internal reputation.