As more and more Baby-Boomers get closer to retirement age, the issue of age discrimination in the workplace becomes more prominent. Elder Americans have a right to work for as long as they are able and willing to do so and should not be punished or limited for it.
If you suspect that you may be facing employment discrimination for your age, read on to learn more about how to spot it and what you can do to stop it.
Ages that qualify
The Age Discrimination in Employment Act of 1967 (ADEA) was made to keep applicants and employers who are 40 years of age or older protected from employment discrimination. While some applicants may feel discriminated against for being young, the ADEA only applies to those who are 40 years or older.
The ADEA specifically protects these adults from being mistreated based on their age.
Signs of discrimination
Discrimination based on age isn’t always blatant, which can make it difficult to spot. However, if you have noticed any of the following at work and are 40 years of age or older, these all count as acts of discrimination based on age:
- Your boss brings up prospects of your retirement
- You don’t get promoted, raises or bonuses
- You’re excluded from discussions on future business goals or strategies
- You’re instructed to train someone younger for your job
- You’re assigned unpleasant responsibilities
- You’re offered a buyout
- You’re fired or laid off without explanation
The price of discrimination
Age discrimination can be an unfortunately common issue because many elder adults are worried that making a claim will sacrifice their income. Especially for those who are interested in retirement, this can be a scary thought.
However, these adults have worked too long and hard to be robbed of their deserved bonuses, promotions and dignity. Allowing age discrimination to happen can also negatively affect your mental and physical health.
You can work toward fighting for your rights in the workplace by discussing your case with an employment law attorney. An attorney can review your case and advise the best course of action to take based on the details of your circumstance and your financial state.