Memorandum on Age Discrimination; February 20, 1991; 2

August 28, 2013

Do not use age-related terms or phrases in dealing with your faculty or staff. For example, do not refer to an employee as the “elder statesman” of the department, even if you intend it as a term of honor or endearment. Likewise, do not make or partake in jokes about an employee’s age. Any terms that have age-based connotations could be construed by a court, a jury, or a government agency to be “smoking gun” evidence of age-based discrimination.