Why I Won’t Celebrate ‘Bring Your Parents to Work Day’

Late yesterday, I got an email reminding me that today is the first annual “Bring Your Parents to Work Day.” LinkedIn, which created the occasion, describes it as “a global initiative designed to help bridge the gap between parents and their professional children.” When I read this my first reaction was, What gap? The millennials certainly don’t have anything approaching the generation gap we boomers had with our moms and dads. My second reaction was to email my 24-year-old, who, by …

Are Age Bias Suits Really Down?

The New York Times reported last week that the Supreme Court’s 2009 ruling in Gross v. FBL Financial Services has changed the legal landscape for age discrimination cases. The problem? Even though many older workers who lose their jobs think that age discrimination played a role in their terminations, the burden of proof required is now so high that lawyers just don’t see the cases as winners. Given that the Times didn’t back up its assertion that “most lawyers won’t even take …

Bill Aims to Restore a ‘Fair Shake’ in Age Bias Cases

A bipartisan group in Congress has introduced legislation to remedy two Supreme Court decisions that have made it far more difficult for older workers to prove that they have suffered from illegal discrimination because of their age. Related: Workplace Age Bias Hits Home for Boomers Iowa’s two senators, Democrat Tom Harkin and Republican Chuck Grassley, are the lead sponsors of the bill, named the Protecting Older Workers Against Discrimination Act; Rep. George Miller (D-Calif.) is the lead sponsor of an …

Betty Friedan: A Pioneer of Modern Feminism

Fifty years ago this month, The Feminine Mystique by Betty Friedan was published. Even the husband she divorced conceded that Betty “almost single-handedly changed the course of human history. It took a driven, super-aggressive, egocentric, almost lunatic dynamo to rock the world the way she did.” Yes, that was Betty.  And that was The Book that launched the modern women’s movement. In her treatise, Betty described what she called “the problem that has no name”:  the feelings of isolation, boredom …

Gas Emissions: Is Flatulence a Firing Offense?

OK, let’s be honest. We all fart. But what happens when it occurs nine times a day in an office shared by other coworkers? Should it be handled as a health problem that needs remedying? Or a deliberate nuisance worthy of reprimand? Washington Post writer Josh Hicks recently wrote about a Social Security Administration employee accused of continuously “passing gas and releasing an unpleasant odor” that created a “hostile work environment.” The story prompted more than 800 online comments from …

AARP’s Guide To Working With Boomers

This is a guest post from Mary C. Hickey from the AARP Media Content Team. A post yesterday on the Wall Street Journal’s At Work blog offered advice to Baby Boomers on how to get along with their younger colleagues in the workplace. Calling for “mutual respect,” the blogger listed the things Boomers need to understand about young co-workers, including their technological superiority, their lack of company loyalty, their unique ability to collaborate, and their drive for instant success. Okay. Got it. …