Arrogance

21 Feb 19
Ng Ui Kiat

I’ve been really out of the mood to write, cos I’m struggling a lot with just practicing what I know is true. It’s difficult to know whether I’m lacking discipline, or rationalising a failed strategy by forcing it to work. And really, it comes down to one thing: Listening. (So I don’t really know where […]

21 Feb 19
Thrive Global
A productive and equitable modern economy should tap the value of all generations of workers. As we strive for more diversity, let’s not forget that age diversity is a cornerstone of diverse workforce, and that age discrimination is a bias that strikes against all genders, ethnicities, and backgrounds. The Age Discrimination in Employment Act (ADEA), passed in 1967 and modeled on the Civil Rights Act of 1964, was designed to protect workers over 40 from being denied employment or from being let go on the basis of their age. A tougher standard Here’s the wrinkle with the ADEA. While the Civil Right Act uses terminology that classifies discrimination as having to be a “motivating factor” — but not the only factor — in establishing discrimination, the ADEA uses criteria that require age to be the single most important, or even the sole reason for discrimination.  Needless to say, this is a much higher bar to clear. A recent federal appeals case brought by the AARP on behalf of a Chicago lawyer (Kleber v. Carefusion) ruled in favor of the company and made the (to me) outrageous assertion that the ADEA was intended to protect existing workers at a company from being fired, not to protect new workers seeking employment. Read the text of the ADEA and see if you agree with this interpretation. This ain’t going away soon The battle is ongoing. We all know that employers are bending over backwards to maintain the appearance of compliance with the ADEA while coming up with resourceful ways of circumventing it. Facebook’s audience targeting has been used by employers to only show job openings to younger candidates. How brilliant is that! Older candidates don’t even know they’re being discriminated against because they don’t even get to see the listings. In the face of looming lawsuits and a government complaint, the company has taken action to mitigate this practice.IBM was outed last year by ProPublica for a coordinated and not-so-clandestine program to “cut old heads” and promote younger hires (through their now-discontinued “Millennial Corps”). The company is now facing a rash of lawsuits and a Equal Employment Opportunities Commission (EEOC) investigation. (If you haven’t read the ProPublica report, it is a doozy, and investigative journalism at its finest…)Some wins along the way: Lockheed Martin was fined $51 million, including back pay, punitive damages, and penalties for firing a 66-year-old project engineer without cause. The Texas Roadhouse restaurant chain was recently fined $12 million by the EEOC for its age discrimination practices. In an interview with EEOC Director Victoria Lipnic, my colleague, financial journalist Chris Farrell, reveals that the agency has been steadily increasing its enforcement activities based on the growing number of complaints filed each year (over 18,000 in 2017). Impunity and arrogance When you read through the cases and stats, you realize that like other forms of discrimination, age discrimination is underreported and ferociously defended and protected by its perpetrators. Companies go to great lengths to disguise their ageist practices, and in the IBM case, for example, had the gall to fire people who were getting older, but then invited them to apply to contractor positions at lower pay rates and without benefits — and THEN instructed the hiring managers for those positions to NOT hire the former employees! The irony of age discrimination, of course, is that EVERYONE is eventually subject to its effects, so it is, in essence, a reflection of our own denial and fear of getting old (and dying). This is why age discrimination is “the last ism.” The future: ominous or hopeful? Does the Chicago case (Kleber v. Carefusion) constitute a harbinger of things to come? Will the courts continue to support age discrimination under the broad rubric of “deregulating” business practices? Or will that case get overturned by the Supreme Court?  Will Congress act to bolster the ADEA? The Protecting Older Workers Against Discrimination Act (POWADA) is a bipartisan Senate bill aimed at doing just that, but so far: no action. My opinion: Don’t look to the courts or the Congress. They’re typically on the tail end of the innovation/leadership curve.  Look instead at the demographics. Since the early 1990s, the number of workers 55 and older has doubled. As the aging bubble continues to grow (with the last baby boomer turning 65 on December 31, 2029), the number of older workers in the workforce will keep pace.  Women over 55 are also one of the fastest growing segments of the workforce. By 2024, they will outnumber women 16-24 by a two-to-one margin. There’s an economic imperative at work here that employers can’t ignore. Employers are going be be better served by re-examining their bias and recognizing how older workers can improve their bottom line. Between the need for skilled workers, the need for more soft skills and life experience, and many other attributes that older workers bring to the table, I believe that the tide will have to turn because it is in employers’ best economic self interest.  Rather than bemoan the retrogressive attitudes of the courts, we need to defy the stereotypes and bring our “A” game to every meeting and every interview. By being the change and bringing the value, we can dispel the false myths, and bring about a much more multi-generational workforce.  What’s your experience with age discrimination in your work? Is it something you’re seeing every day, but not experiencing directly? Or have you been (or are you currently) the target of age discrimination? If so, what are you doing about it? Do you think we should be fighting back, or using this as a “teachable moment” to bring generations together? Follow us here and subscribe here for all the latest news on how you can keep Thriving. 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21 Feb 19
P.M. News

As the nation heads for poll on Saturday, a group, the Movement for Actualization of Campaign Promises, MACP, has called on Nigerians not to succumb to the massive propaganda of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, as the party had failed to deliver on its promises in the past.

21 Feb 19
The New Dark Age

21 February 2019 — Countercurrents.org Massive Bolivarian March for Peace and Sovereignty Venezuelan military reject Trump’s incitement to rebel: “Over Our Dead Bodies” Maduro controls situation in Venezuela, Russian ambassador Venezuela suspends flights, closes several borders amid intervention threats Venezuela protests violation of diplomatic accords after assault on embassy in Costa Rica Costa Rica slams Guaido […]

21 Feb 19
Martín's Musings

Welcome back! The Work Wife, my all new standalone, romantic comedy will be yours in FIVE days!  As promised, here is the next installment of Charli + Oliver’s love story! Previous Chapters: Prologue Chapter One The Work Wife C.J. Martín   All rights reserved © 2019 Oliver Chopping and dicing are two of my favorite things […]

21 Feb 19
the reproach of Christ

1. Criticism: the summit only addresses minors being abused, not vulnerable adults and seminarians. Reply: Why should the Church be run by online commentators, or by whatever opinion is in vogue in discussions in the media? There is an attitude in society today that puts popular opinion in charge of society, substituting for the decisions […]

21 Feb 19
the reproach of Christ

Fr. Matthew P. Schneider, LC has written an open letter to every Bishop, priest, and deacon on earth, calling for them to resign from their ministry, if they have committed any grave exterior sexual sins. “If you are sexually active, please resign your position now!” What gives him the right or authority to speak to […]

21 Feb 19
Chruicshank Contradictions

I`m not a girl, not yet a woman (Spears, sometime around the days of low cut jeans with fringe on the sides, blonde overly iron-straightened hair and Crossroads) Blessed or cursed with a constant ideology of life happens and things will sort itself out eventually she finds herself stuck in a surprisingly calmly diagonal spiral […]

21 Feb 19
Faith Filled Friends

You Found Me Hey guys and welcome back to The Faith Filled Friends. Welcome to everyone, whether it is your first time with us or your five hundredth. We are alway so privileged to have you join us as we devotion time to the creator of the universe. Today we will be jumping into a […]

21 Feb 19
Richardcyoung.com

At The Federalist, Adam Mill slams former acting FBI Deputy Director Andrew McCabe’s “self-congratulatory arrogance,” and asks what evidence McCabe can provide for his continued assertions that the President may be a Russian asset. Mill suggests McCabe may receive a future “prison sentence for his confessed central role in the Trump-Russia hoax.” He writes (abridged): Gone are […]

21 Feb 19
Binging on a Budget

The Challenge War of the Worlds did not dissapoint. Read on for The Challenge War of The Worlds Episode 3 recap…