“Age Stereotypes in the Workplace: Common Stereotypes, Moderators, and Future Directions,” by Richard A. Posthuma of the University of Texas at El Paso and Michael A. Campion of Purdue University, won Journal of Management‘s 2014 Best Paper Award. Dr. Campion recently provided us with some insight on both the creation and impact of the article:
The paper was originally written because of an age discrimination lawsuit for which I was the expert witness. I asked Rick (former student of mine and frequent coauthor) to help write it up. Two related things happened as a result:
1. I was invited to give “testimony” to the Commissioners of the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) on research on age stereotypes in employment. They were in the process of writing new guidelines on the enforcement of age discrimination guidelines. It was sort of like giving testimony in congress – very formal affair.
2. The article was cited in the Federal Register (government’s official publication outlet) by the EEOC in their ruling (guidelines) called “Disparate Impact and Reasonable Factors Other Than Age Under the Age Discrimination in Employment Act.”
The article has also helped my consulting in age court cases or work for the EEOC.
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