We are rightfully appalled and aghast when we hear stories of employees that are discriminated against solely because of their race, religion, color, gender or sexual identity.
Surprisingly, it has become socially acceptable to cast aspersions upon one large group of workers: the millennials. It is fairly common to hear people openly disparage millennials as job hoppers, lazy, addicted to technology, unmotivated, lacking in social skills and disrespectful of their elders. You would never dream of impugning the character of any other group in this manner. If you had the audacity to do so, you’d be justifiably ushered into the human resources office and severely reprimanded or terminated.
Simply because these 18- to 34-year-old workers were born at a certain time, they are now victims of stereotyping by employers. These unfair and unwarranted views—at times—may cause employers to develop an unconscious bias and avoid hiring them. After all, it is common for senior executives to blatantly question why they should hire someone who is unappreciative, apathetic and quick to quit for the next best offer. Other accusations leveled against millennials are that they feel self-entitled, hard to train, disrespectful and disloyal. Unfortunately, millennials may not be aggressively sought out for jobs by hiring managers due to this stigma. With a preconceived bias in mind about this entire generation, it is obvious that management will scrupulously scrutinize an employee within this age group to see if they fit into the stereotype. If an employee performs in a manner, similar to a more senior colleague, it would be the millennial that is given the pejorative label and ostracized.