Hey Millennials, saying ‘OK Boomer’ at work could get you fired


BERLIN, GERMANY – SEPTEMBER 20: Elderly women play a cards game of rummy at the Mireille Mathieu senior citizens’ center on September 20, 2017 in Berlin, Germany. According to government staistics the overall population of approximately 82.3 million in Germany is predicted to decline over coming decades, while the country’s population of those aged 67 and older is predicted to rise from 15.1 million in 2013 to 21.5 million by 2040, or 42%. This trend creates huge challenges for policymakers, who must adapt Germany’s employment, welfare, senior care, health and pension systems to cope. The Mireille Mathieu center is one of many community centers across Berlin that offer programs, including physical exercise, language courses, computer classes and other activities for the elderly. (Photo by Sean Gallup/Getty Images)

(WTVO) — Beware, millennials! Thanks to the Age Discrimination in Employment Act of 1967, dismissing an over-40 co-worker with an “OK, Boomer” insult could get you fired.

Millennials have taken to using the “OK, Boomer” line to be dismissive of criticisms from the Baby Boomer generation (1946-1964).

But the Age Discrimination in Employment Act prohibits discrimination against people 40 and over.

Use of the phrase could be considered to create a “hostile work environment,” according to Inc., which constitutes “behavior that violates the law-such as age, race, or sex discrimination.”

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