Imagine this: work colleagues regularly taunt you about your age. They call you names, laugh at how you walk and ignore your input.
On the one hand, you don’t want to complain because you don’t want to play the victim or make things worse. On the other hand, you wake up every morning feeling anxious about going to work. You’ve noticed how exhausted you feel at the end of the day. And you know how deeply this harassment impacts you mentally, emotionally and physically.
Does this behavior sound ridiculous in today’s workplace? Yes, it does. But sadly, it is real.
Last month, a lawsuit against toymaker Mattel revealed some of the most noxious, blatant behavior, including a barrage of ageist taunts, mocking and harassment.
The question is, what do you do about it?
“When someone experiences harassment or discrimination on the basis of their age, speaking up is difficult in