ageism

(noun) Discrimination and prejudice against a person because of their age.

Example: Not hiring a young person because an employer thinks they are immature based age regardless of personality and experience or not hiring an older person because of preconceived notions of their abilities without actual evidence.

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  • “Ageism against older persons is rooted in the assumption that people become unattractive, unintelligent, asexual, unemployable, and mentally incompetent as they grow older” (Kendall 2006:101).

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Kendall, Diane. 2006. Sociology in Our Times: The Essentials. 5th ed. Belmont, CA: Thomson/Wadsworth.