“I Was Old, And So I Was Invisible”: Ageism At Digital Ad Shops

It all started with a beer wagon being pushed around at work. Everyone was under 27, and he was 53. The wagon did not stop at his cubicle.

He said that “It was like a fraternity house … I was old, and so I was invisible.”

Invisible, Bowler, Suit, Hat, Glasses

This is the theme of a piece written in Digiday – “a growing phenomenon of agency discrimination against employees over the age of 50.”

The article notes: “It manifests in multiple ways. For example, agency executives proudly tout how the average age of their shops is a green 27. Another example emerges from the accounts of people who say they were pushed out of agencies when they turned 50 or 55. … It’s a two-pronged problem. One, there is an assumption, often wrong, that older employees don’t understand social media. And there’s the fact that younger staffers often just come cheaper.”

This is another article which reaffirms what all folks of a certain age know.  Which leads us to the “takeaway.”

Takeaway: The article provides a nice quote which is today’s takeaway:

Boy, Toddler, Ceo, Child, Kid, Cute

“On the recruiting end, people say it’s no secret that the search process values youth. … The problem, though, is that youth can’t run a company.”

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Richard Cohen

Richard B. Cohen is a partner in the New York City office of FisherBroyles, LLP, a national law firm. Richard Cohen has litigated and arbitrated complex corporate, commercial and employment disputes for more than 35 years, and is a trusted advisor to business owners and in-house counsel both in the United States and internationally. His clients have included Fortune 100 companies, domestic and foreign commercial and investment banks, Pacific-rim corporations and real estate development companies, as well as start-up businesses throughout the United States. Email Richard at [email protected]