Start Date

17-11-2017 9:20 AM

End Date

17-11-2017 10:30 AM


Moderator: Catherine Fisk, Barbara Nachtrieb Armstrong Professor of Law, University of California at Berkeley School of Law
Panelists: Sarah Barber, Assistant Professor of Psychology, San Francisco State University
Helen Dennis, Author, Columnist, and Expert on Aging and the New Retirement
Dara Smith, Attorney, AARP Foundation

Since Hazen Paper v. Biggins in 1993, courts have expected plaintiffs in age discrimination cases to show that “inaccurate and stigmatizing stereotypes” about age motivated employers’ decisions. Unfortunately, courts frequently can’t recognize a stereotype when they see one and disregard comments that reflect blatant age stereotypes as simply jokes or ordinary conversation. This panel will discuss the psychological concept of stereotyping and “stereotype threat,” describing how stereotyping actually works and its negative effects on older workers, as well as how attorneys can present evidence about stereotyping to make their cases effectively under current law.

Hilde decision.pdf (73 kB)
Hilde decision

MTD partial grant.pdf (245 kB)
MTD partial grant

Sarah Barber Examination of Age-Based Stereotype Threat.pdf (299 kB)
Age-Based Stereotype Threat

Successful Aging_ Movies are growing up too GÇô Daily News.pdf (243 kB)
Successful Aging: Movies are growing up too

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Nov 17th, 9:20 AM Nov 17th, 10:30 AM

Panel 1: "Shouldn't You Be Retiring Already?": Age Stereotypes in the Modern Era