Editor’s Blog: Advice about age diversity

According to recent reporting in the ABA Journal, employment lawyers are bracing for a wave of age-related discrimination complaints from former employees who’ve been laid off due to their perceived higher risk for COVID-19. The EEOC—and the federal Age Discrimination in Employment Act of 1967—would like a word: The law bars discrimination against workers aged 40 and older. The pandemic is not a get-out-of-jail-free card. The law still applies.

That age discrimination was prevalent even before the pandemic is no surprise. Listen to the news—many people don’t seem to realize it’s illegal. Pundits and politicians openly talk about appointing the youngest U.S. Supreme Court justices possible—to ensure a long, untouchable tenure—without even nodding to the fact that such a formulation would be unlawful in any business in America.

Once I was up for a job in London and, during a discussion about benefits, the recruiter asked me how old I was. Apparently, he was using age to help explain to me a certain benefit payout program. I was taken aback. In the U.S., this just isn’t done. And shouldn’t be.

A word of advice to employers: Diversify your workforce not only in the context of gender, ethnicity, race and sexual orientation but also with reference to age as well. I’ve worked with people of all ages, so I’ll make some generalizations. More seasoned workers panic less easily when a problem comes up. They’ve fixed this kind of thing before; moreover, they know that almost everything has a fix.

A younger worker may have more energy to work 12 hours straight, but there’s value in having an experienced worker who only needs four hours to do the same task. I’m faster than I’ve ever been, but I learned that by necessity. The publishing and journalism industries are highly competitive. I have some colleagues who are good, and others who are fast. You can only make it in this business if you’re both. That’s true of many professions. It’s something I learned early, but it became even more evident over time.

So remember, age isn’t just a number: It’s a number that may help your bottom line.

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Drew Limsky

Drew Limsky



Drew Limsky joined Lifestyle Media Group in August 2020 as Editor-in-Chief of South Florida Business & Wealth. His first issue of SFBW, October 2020, heralded a reimagined structure, with new content categories and a slew of fresh visual themes. “As sort of a cross between Forbes and Robb Report, with a dash of GQ and Vogue,” Limsky says, “SFBW reflects South Florida’s increasingly sophisticated and dynamic business and cultural landscape.”

Limsky, an avid traveler, swimmer and film buff who holds a law degree and Ph.D. from New York University, likes to say, “I’m a doctor, but I can’t operate—except on your brand.” He wrote his dissertation on the nonfiction work of Joan Didion. Prior to that, Limsky received his B.A. in English, summa cum laude, from Emory University and earned his M.A. in literature at American University in connection with a Masters Scholar Award fellowship.

Limsky came to SFBW at the apex of a storied career in journalism and publishing that includes six previous lead editorial roles, including for some of the world’s best-known brands. He served as global editor-in-chief of Lexus magazine, founding editor-in-chief of custom lifestyle magazines for Cadillac and Holland America Line, and was the founding editor-in-chief of Modern Luxury Interiors South Florida. He also was the executive editor for B2B magazines for Acura and Honda Financial Services, and he served as travel editor for Conde Nast. Magazines under Limsky’s editorship have garnered more than 75 industry awards.

He has also written for many of the country’s top newspapers and magazines, including The New York Times, Washington Post, Los Angeles Times, Miami Herald, Boston Globe, USA Today, Worth, Robb Report, Afar, Time Out New York, National Geographic Traveler, Men’s Journal, Ritz-Carlton, Elite Traveler, Florida Design, Metropolis and Architectural Digest Mexico. His other clients have included Four Seasons, Acqualina Resort & Residences, Yahoo!, American Airlines, Wynn, Douglas Elliman and Corcoran. As an adjunct assistant professor, Limsky has taught journalism, film and creative writing at the City University of New York, Pace University, American University and other colleges.