In the workplace, you need to address any violations of your rights as an employee. Employee rights violations take many forms and far too many hard-working people continue to suffer as a result of wage and hour violations, wrongful termination and discrimination. In fact, many middle-aged and older workers face hardships in the workplace as a result of age discrimination.
It is vital to recognize the different ways in which age discrimination occurs and explore your options if you experience this mistreatment firsthand.
Reviewing examples of age discrimination
According to the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, age discrimination occurs in various ways. Sometimes, people lose their job or face a demotion as a result of their age, while others endure repeated harassment that results in a hostile work environment.
In fact, age discrimination can also affect those applying for jobs. For example, a company may violate the law by refusing to consider older applicants.
The Age Discrimination in Employment Act
The Age Discrimination in Employment Act (ADEA) prohibits age discrimination targeting employees and prospective workers over the age of 40. If you experienced violations of your rights solely on the basis of your age, you need to take a firm stand and review your options.
Addressing age discrimination and other types of mistreatment in the workplace is pivotal because it provides victims with the justice they deserve and it also helps prevent future violations. Sometimes, workers stay silent because they worry about repercussions, but retaliation is also prohibited and you should have confidence as you stand up for your rights.