In January 2018 we published an ad seeking a “young” intern to join our office collective’s non hierarchical structure and participate fully in the day-to-day operations of our non-fiction press. This ad was distributed to students of Ryerson University’s publishing certificate program and posted on our website where it remained unchanged through to October 2018.
Although we did not specify an age range, we now understand that our ad conveyed the impression that we were looking for particular personal characteristics in applicants and that our workplace does not welcome those who are not “young,” such as mature students or individuals moving into a second career. We certainly did not intend to convey that impression or to discourage older persons from applying for the position, and we apologize to any who felt excluded, insulted, or offended by our choice of adjective. Our ad should not have directly or indirectly made statements about age. We have now removed the ad from our website.
Between the Lines, a publisher that receives funding from the governments of Canada and Ontario, is committed to social justice. Our commitment is a moral and a legal one, and it includes respect for the inherent dignity and worth of all human beings regardless of their personal preferences or characteristics such as age or socio-economic status. We recognize that preconceived notions, myths, and stereotypes about the aging process and older persons are subtle and persistent, and these can give rise to discriminatory treatment. At Between the Lines, we consider age discrimination to be as serious as other forms of discrimination.
Posted October 22nd, 2018