We would all like our work environment to be pleasant and welcoming, but unfortunately, this is not the case for those who are being discriminated against on a daily basis. There are a variety of ways that an employer may discriminate against one of their employees. Many people who have been discriminated against in the workplace, have experienced a hostile environment or unfair treatment due to their race and sex, but there have also been people who have been discriminated against because of their age.
The following acts are considered age discrimination in the workplace:
- Denying older employees benefits.
- Placing age limitations for jobs in advertisements, statements and other notices.
- Using age as a basis for determining apprenticeship programs.
It is never okay for an employer to treat those who work for them differently than others because they are of a certain age. There are laws to protect employees from having to experience such discrimination. When an employer does discriminate against someone, the person they are targeting does not have to continue to let it happen. There are options, and even though people may be hesitant to report the discrimination to human resources or the authorities, it may be the only way they can ensure employment discrimination doesn’t happen again.
Age discrimination may not be one of the more common reasons employers discriminate against their employees, but it does happen. Should anyone feel as though they have been treated differently than their coworkers or superiors because of their age, they should take action to prevent future occurrences of employment discrimination. This may mean speaking with an attorney about filing a claim, and it may be worth it if the unfair treatment comes to an end.