When It’s Good to Have Older Workers on Board

July 30, 2014 – In The News
Corporate Counsel

Christina A. Stoneburner was featured in the Corporate Counsel article, "When It's Good to Have Older Workers on Board.” Full text can be found in the July 30, 2014, issue, but a synopsis is below.

In the face of the age discrimination that has been plaguing work areas, Fox Rothschild’s Christina Stoneburner asks a pivotal question: When is being an older employee actually more desirable for the workplace?

To answer her own question, Stoneburner references Fox Rothschild attorney Murray Shusterman, who exemplifies the positive side of age stereotypes. At age 101, Shusterman arrives at work every day and was quoted by The Philadelphia Inquirer’s Jeff Gammage saying, “What? Retire? Sit in a rocking chair and wait to die? All my life I’ve been active.”

Shusterman acts as a valuable resource in the firm, as young attorneys have had more than 75 years to benefit from his institutional knowledge and experience.

Stoneburner follows up her previous question by asking, “Are there any industries or professions where being an older employee is a positive? Or is it a bad idea to make even positive generalizations?”

She also suggests “an age-blind culture where age is not a factor, young or old, as long as an employee is performing well” would help prevent employers from seeing the business end of an age-discrimination lawsuit.