What are warning signs of age discrimination in the workplace?

On Behalf of | Apr 19, 2022 | Employment Law |

The thought of being discriminated against at your place of work can be unsettling, to say the least. While discrimination is common in most workplaces, most employees fail to report this vice due to the fear of being retaliated against by the offending party. However, this does not have to be the case.

The Age Discrimination in Employment Act (ADEA) protects workers from being discriminated against based on their age. Specifically, this federal law protects workers who are aged 40 and above from age-based discrimination during the hiring, release or promotion process. Therefore, if you feel you are being discriminated against based on your age, then you can consider taking action against your employer.

But what does age discrimination at work look like?

There are certain telltale signs you need to look out for if you believe you are being discriminated against at work based on your age. Here are some of them:

Clearly biased comments

While your boss and colleagues may say it on a “light note,” being referred to as “grandpa” or “old lady” could be a clear sign that senior team members are not quite respected in the organization. Still, some remarks may seem benign like questions regarding your retirement plans. However, such comments could still amount to an attempted jab at your age. It is important that you take note of such comments, who and how they are said as well as their context.

Preferential treatment of younger colleagues

Sometimes, the employer or your supervisor may choose to treat younger employees favorably. This could take the form of assigning younger employees certain tasks or singling out older employees for layoff when the organization is downsizing its workforce. If you can establish a pattern of older employees being treated less favorably or laid off in favor of younger ones then this could be a sign of age-based discrimination.

Fairness in the workplace and better productivity go hand in hand. Find out how you can safeguard your rights and interests if you believe you are a victim of age discrimination at work.