Age discrimination happens quite often in the workplace. In fact, AARP reports that 2 out of 3 actually see workplace age discrimination.
The Employment Act started in 1967 and protects employees from discrimination based on age. There are many signs to look for when it comes to workplace discrimination.
Harassment – This includes being called names or being made fun of based on age. It could be a sign that your employer is actually trying to get you to quit.
Patterns – This means if you notice your employer showing patterns of hiring younger employees. Also, if employers keep turning you down for a job and give the reason you are “overqualified”, but keeps giving it to a younger person who is as qualified as you.
Encourages you to retire – If your employer offers retirement packages when you don’t seem to be ready for retirement. This could be an incentive to get you to retire and often times these are hard to turn down.
Eliminating your position – If your position gets eliminated, but a younger employee gets hired to do the same duties, but with a different title.
Always be aware of your workplace surroundings and look out for signs. If you feel you have been a victim of age discrimination in the workplace, an employment law attorney can help.
Feature photo by Bruce Mars.