As workplace technology changes, employees are expected to keep up. As a result, employees who embrace changing technology are sometimes retained or hired in place of employees who aren’t as tech-savvy. In my experience, employers tend to view younger employees as being more welcoming to technological advances than their older coworkers. Stereotypes like this can be a form of age discrimination, which is unlawful under both Iowa and Federal law.
This past weekend I attended a Ben Folds concert in Cedar Rapids. He’s one of my favorite musicians, and I’ve seen him perform live several times. While he did not play Fred Jones Part II when I saw him last, every time I hear it, I can’t help but think, “Poor Fred. This sounds like age discrimination and he needs an employment lawyer.”