Jottings By An Employer's Lawyer

Monday, March 19, 2007

"Labor lawyers see gray storm gathering" — Great Headline, Not Much More


The Dallas Business Journal has one of the better headlines I have seen recently, unfortunately, the story doesn't add much. The article describes the coming "perfect storm" (a now well overused cliché) as follows:
  • Baby boomers, whose ages range from about 42 to 60, make up the largest group in the workplace, with 77 million men and women in the United States, nearly double the population of Gen X, which makes up 44 million and whose members are just beginning to hit their 40s.
  • As baby boomers climb the corporate ladder, they become more expensive to employ.
  • As employers look at ways to keep costs down, they'll look at reducing their biggest expense: people.

And an obligatory quote that juries are sympathetic to older workers because they can identify with people who look like them. Yawn.

But just because there is not a lot of substance to the story, doesn't mean there is not a lot of truth to it. And you have to agree, it is a great headline.

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