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A new trend in age discrimination at the workplace

A new trend in hiring is to ask for a "digital native" in the job posting. This will often be listed as a minimum requirement, along with things like education and work experience. According to some experts, this is a way for employers to discriminate on the basis of age without really admitting what they're doing.

Essentially, many people believe that employers put this term in to indicate that they're interested in hiring only young people. This often means people in their 20s, perhaps just out of college, so age discrimination could hit a huge swath of potential applicants.

In the past, companies had sometimes been a bit more overt about their intentions. Some would even say that they preferred applicants who had graduated from college in the past five years. While that technically could have been anyone—people can start college when they are 40 or 50, not just when they're 18—it was clearly geared toward young people. Companies were called out on it, and so saying that a digital native is needed is simply the newest mask.

After all, the term digital native was first written in 2001, and it meant a person born after the explosion of the Internet and the "digital world." It means someone who has been exposed to technology all of his or her life, so that the person can't remember a world without computers, cellphones, and the like. This clearly excludes people over a certain age.

If you think you've been discriminated against during the hiring process, it's important to know your legal options in Michigan.

Source: Fortune, "This is the latest way employers mask age bias, lawyers say," Vivian Giang, accessed April 13, 2016

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