“OK Boomer” Makes it to the Supreme Court
As the Supreme Court heard a case about age discrimination on Wednesday, Chief Justice John Roberts displayed his knowledge of intergenerational catchphrases, CNN reports. What if a hiring person were to say, “OK Boomer,” Roberts asked lawyer Roman Martinez. “Is that actionable?” Laughter could be heard in the courtroom, and Martinez responded, “Well if the speech in the workplace….calling someone ‘Boomer’ or saying unflattering things about them in age, when considering them for a position, then yes of course,” he said.<br />Roberts pressed on. “So calling somebody a ‘Boomer’ and considering them for a position would be actionable?” he asked. “If the decision makers are sitting around the table and they say, ‘we’ve got Candidate A who’s 35’ and ‘we’ve got Candidate B who’s 55 and is a Boomer’ — and is probably tired and you know, doesn’t have a lot of computer skills, I think that absolutely would be actionable.” The term “Ok, boomer” became a 2019 catchphrase after it was used by Chlöe Swarbrick, a 25-year-old member of New Zealand’s parliament, after she was lectured by an older parliamentarian in a session.