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U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission

Youth at Work

Here is an example of unfair treatment at work that may be based on age:


Hannah recently became manager of a software development company. She believes that she can boost sales and productivity by hiring a younger, more tech-savvy marketing representative, despite the fact that Antonio, the company's current marketing rep, has done superb work. Antonio recently completed a highly successful ad blitz that generated much industry-wide buzz and attracted numerous new clients. Hannah fires Antonio, who is 62 and close to retirement age anyway, she reasons, and replaces him with Cheyenne, a 35-year-old marketing whiz. Hannah discriminated against Antonio by firing him because of his age.