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What Are The Most Common Forms of Age Discrimination?

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Feeling comfortable at your place of work is something that every individual deserves, regardless of their age. Unfortunately, age discrimination is a common occurrence in the United States. In fact, reports state that roughly 32% of older adults in the workplace have overheard comments regarding another worker’s age. This is an alarming statistic that has a real impact on individuals' abilities to feel confident in their place of work and abilities. While age discrimination may manifest in many different ways, there are three types that happen frequently. Michel | King is here to help explain.

Wrongful Termination

It is possible that an employer may fire an older employee under the guise of other reasons, but do so actually based on their age. An employer is not likely going to outright say they are firing someone due to age, but it happens more often than we would like to believe.

For example, a manager or leader may state that the firing is simply a “job elimination.” They may remove the job title entirely, only to create a similar position with a different title soon after. Often when utilizing this tactic, employers specifically create the job with younger individuals in mind.

Another common instance of wrongful termination is encouraging older employees to leave by baiting them with retirement benefits. This can serve as a tempting offer to some, especially when money is on the table.

Refusal To Promote

Promotions should be offers equal and accessible to all individuals at a business or place of work. However, employers may choose to deny individuals a promotion for several different reasons. Unfortunately one of the most common reasons is due to an individual’s age.

In these instances, an older employee may apply for a promotion that they are highly qualified for. Only to find out later that a younger, less skilled, and unqualified employee ended up receiving the promotion.

This is a clear example of age discrimination and can serve as grounds for a claim against the employer.

Negative Comments Regarding Age

Other employees, managers, or leaders may also choose to engage in negative comments concerning an individual’s age. In doing so, they are contributing to a toxic workplace environment. Even comments made in passing or intended as jokes can cause an individual to feel uncomfortable in the workplace.

If an older employee opts to leave their job due to harmful or negative comments, they can still pursue a claim for wrongful termination. What is said in the workplace and comments matter, so it is best to treat others with respect and dignity.

Michel | King Takes Age Discrimination Seriously

If you or someone you know has suffered from age discrimination at their place of work, it is vital they seek representation for their claims. Our team can review your case and help you obtain the justice you deserve.

Age discrimination is a serious matter. We are prepared to help. Contact the team at Michel | King today for a consultation.

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