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3 Signs of Age Discrimination in the Workplace

3 Signs of Age Discrimination in the Workplace

Despite a number of federal and state laws made to protect workers, discrimination continues to be a rampant problem in the workplace. Workers of a variety of ages, racial and ethnic backgrounds, gender identities, and sexualities continue to suffer as a result. Age discrimination is a common form of discrimination that news outlets do not widely publicize or discuss, even though it inflicts considerable harm. The Age Discrimination Act of 1967 protects workers over age 40 from discrimination concerning hiring, firing, promotions, compensation, and privilege in the workplace. Employers found guilty of discrimination can be held legally accountable under this federal law. A few common signs of age discrimination to look out for in the workplace are listed below.

  1. You are continually overlooked for promotions: If your younger counterparts with equal or lesser qualifications continue to advance, while you do not move up, write down each instance you notice. You may be able to prove discrimination. Discrimination can often be difficult to prove since it usually happens in subtle and implicit ways, but keeping track of unfair patterns can help in proving discrimination in your case.
  2. Favoritism: If you notice that your younger counterparts routinely receive better assignments, pay, or preference in any way, you may be able to prove discrimination. You should not have to endure unfair treatment because of your age, and favoritism in the workplace can make your job feel miserable. Record every instance of favoritism that you notice to show a trend in inequitable treatment.
  3. Verbal harassment: Harassment is another sign of discrimination. It may appear benign or in good fun, but routine verbal harassment about your age, such as dismissive remarks about your memory, nicknames because of your age, and a number of other harmful practices can make work feel like an unsafe or unwelcoming place and may be further symptomatic of other discriminatory practices because of your age.

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If you or a loved one has been a victim of age discrimination or discrimination in any form, you may be entitled to compensation for the treatment that you have suffered, and Cagle Carpenter Hazlewood can help. No one should have to suffer the injustice of discrimination on any basis, especially in their place of work, and employers who perpetuate discriminatory practices should be held legally and financially responsible for their actions. If you have any questions or want to speak to one of our experienced Austin discrimination attorneys, please contact us at (512) 472-2431 today.

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