Are downsizing and early retirement considered as forms of ageism?
Two examples of prejudice and discrimination on a person’s age are early retirement and downsizing. Understandably some might disagree, but if we look at them closely enough, we can find the elements of ageism in both of them. Even though early retirement is something many people want, it can be considered ageism if people are forced to leave their jobs because of their age and regardless of their capabilities. In other words, if early retirement were always optional, it wouldn’t count as ageism, but since it’s not, we can count it as a form of ageism.
One might say that downsizing is not ageism since people of all ages might encounter it for a wide variety of reasons that has nothing to do with their age. That would be correct if behind this downsizing weren’t any self-serving intentions. The truth is that downsizing is often used to get rid of the larger paycheck of older people and the reasons employers claim to have for this action are just excuses. Remember that the downsizing is just downsizing in some cases with no ulterior motives behind it!