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Age discrimination is not only a problem for older professionals but also for young adults entering the workplace environment. Despite the fact that younger workers are more productive and less costly, they are typically the employees who are most likely to be laid-off. The problematic issue of age discrimination is a global matter; therefore an analysis on this public issue is a necessity. When addressing this issue, people tend to think that only older workers are being discriminated in the workplace. This paper focuses on understanding the perception of young adults between the ages of 18 and 29 about age discrimination in the workplace. A survey was shared through social media and 65 responses were retained. Data gathered were qualitatively analyzed from a sample population of young adult workers. The main focus of the paper is to understand the perception of young adults about age discrimination. Workable solutions were also suggested based on the survey results.


millennials in the workplace, age discrimination, reverse ageism

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Journal of US-China Public Administration, January 2017, Vol. 14, No. 1, 38-45


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