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The Effects of Changing Anti-Discrimination Legal Standards on the Evaluation of Older Workers†
Article first published online: 16 NOV 2012
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Journal of Applied Social Psychology
Special Issue: THEME: Organisational Psychology
Volume 42, Issue Supplement S1, pages E198–E221, December 2012
How to Cite
Cox, C. B. and Barron, L. (2012), The Effects of Changing Anti-Discrimination Legal Standards on the Evaluation of Older Workers. Journal of Applied Social Psychology, 42: E198–E221. doi: 10.1111/j.1559-1816.2012.01040.x
- Issue published online: 26 DEC 2012
- Article first published online: 16 NOV 2012
Recent court decisions have raised evidentiary standards for demonstrating age discrimination, which may also impact attitudes toward older workers. In 2 studies, we explored the relationship between perceived legal protections and attitudes toward older workers. In Study 1, perceptions of current discrimination laws predicted attitudes toward older workers. In Study 2, participants received a training module that either discussed the recent ruling or previous law. When the new ruling was presented, older targets were rated less capable of change and less suitable for their jobs than were otherwise equivalent younger targets. Individuals high in power distance were particularly susceptible to this effect. Implications of the importance of age anti-discrimination laws are discussed.