"Super fun work environment!" (older people need not apply)

Apropos a recent post about words and phrases which subtly-but-not-so-subtly connote that older workers are not wanted, I just read an article which had a short quote from the AARP’s Director of Multicultural outreach and engagement.

The article noted that “Subtle words and phrases, like ‘recent college graduate’ and ‘digital native’ are terms … meant to discourage older candidates from applying.”

The AARP director added that “photos of the workplace, all with younger people” are similarly discouraging, and that “Phrases like ‘super fun work environment,’ are all ways to say that ‘older candidates need not apply.’”

So HR folks: stay away from “super fun work environment” if you want to avoid a claim of age discrimination.

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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]