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Age discrimination in the workplace

On Behalf of | Aug 16, 2023 | Employment Discrimination

When we think of the different types of discrimination, we often don’t consider how a person’s age may impact how they are treated.

Unfortunately, ageism is a big problem in many workplaces and may often go unnoticed. Knowing the signs of age discrimination is essential for prevention.

What is age discrimination?

Age discrimination occurs when workers over the age of 40 are treated less favorably than their younger co-workers. The Age Discrimination in Employment Act (ADEA) makes it illegal to be biased against older employees.

However, age discrimination is not always easy to recognize, as the signs are often subtle. Here are some indications that you may be facing age discrimination at your job:

  • Promotions are given to a younger person, even though the older worker is equally or better qualified.
  • Older workers don’t receive the same training opportunities as their younger counterparts.
  • Older workers are often laid off or offered early retirement packages, followed by younger employees hired at lower salaries.

Jokes or disparaging comments are made about a person’s age. While some remarks may be harmless, some can significantly contribute to a hostile work environment. Insults about being too slow or unable to keep up with technology can create an uncomfortable atmosphere.

Everyone has the right to work in a respectful and inclusive environment. If you feel you are being targeted because of your age, it’s crucial that you report these issues to your HR department, so that is can be addressed promptly. 

If your situation does not improve, you may need to discuss your case with someone who can help you understand your rights and possible courses of action.