Episode 7 Fighting for Your Best Interest

Diversity and Inclusion: How We Stop Ageism in the Workplace feat. Ashton Applewhite

Although companies are finally getting on board about diversity and inclusion, there is still one issue that remains one of the greatest vulnerabilities that American workers face.


What can you do when you're considered to be “too old” to be hired or kept as a valuable member of the workforce? How do you fight age discrimination in the workplace?

In this episode we talked to Ashton Applewhite, an expert on ageism, TED Talk Speaker of Let’s end ageism, and the author of This Chair Rocks: A Manifesto Against Ageism, about the sad reality that older employees face and the increasing incidence of age discrimination in the workplace.

Age discrimination can happen in any industry, and it can happen to anybody. But you should know that you can push back and take action.

What You Will Learn From This Episode:

  • 01:03 - What is Ageism?

  • 03:06 - What aging in the workplace looks like as a human experience

  • 08:00 - What motivates age discrimination in the workplace?

  • 11:09 - Why ageism doesn’t get the same amount of attention and advocacy as other forms of discrimination

  • 14:25 - The different ways a company can solve age discrimination issues in the workplace

  • 18:00 - The emotional and psychological impact of age discrimination for employees

  • 19:52 - How to protect yourself against age discrimination and what you need to do if you’re being subjected to it

  • 21:01 - What is protected activity retaliation?

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