The Lamberton Law Blog

Pittsburgh employment lawyer Charles A. Lamberton

Age stereotype precludes summary judgment
February 13, 2015
By: Charles Lamberton

The Eighth Circuit reversed the grant of summary judgment in Hilde v. City of Eveleth, February 5, 2105, finding that the employer’s assumption that a retirement-eligible applicant would retire if hired for a job was age discrimination on its face. To assume that Hilde was uncommited to a position because his age made him retirement-eligible is age-stereotyping […]

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Older worker stereotypes deeply entrenched
November 7, 2012
By: Charles Lamberton

Common stereotypes about older workers include unwarranted assumptions that older workers are tired, grumpy, more costly, harder to train, less adaptable, less motivated, less flexible, more resistant to change, and less energetic than younger employees. These stereotypes stem from depictions of older persons in society generally. Employers also may be reluctant to invest in training and other developmental opportunities […]

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Think you’re immune to implicit bias? Think again.
November 3, 2012
By: Charles Lamberton

It is well known that people don’t always “speak their minds.”‘  Social scientists have long suspected, and now proven, that people don’t always “know their mind” because stereotypes and implicit biases operate below the level of conscious awareness. Researchers at Harvard have developed the Implicit Association Test (IAT) to measure the way subconscious beliefs and […]

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