We have written extensively about many of the problems that come with discrimination, from financial hardships due to losing a job or being demoted to career problems. However, the emotional impact of workplace discrimination cannot be overstated, and this is especially true when it comes to discrimination based upon one’s age. Far too many people have been treated unfairly solely because of their age, even though their ability to perform their job duties may surpass the performance of younger workers. Hopelessness, depression, anxiety and even anger are not uncommon for those who have suffered as a result of age discrimination, and these emotions can be debilitating.
There are many reasons why companies discriminate against workers based upon their age. Maybe they want to maintain a certain image in the workplace, or they are worried that older workers may carry a higher risk of being involved in a work-related accident or think that older workers are losing their ability to work as well (even though such fears may be completely unwarranted). It can be hard for older workers to find new jobs because of their age, which can add to the emotional strain one may experience after losing their job.
Being treated unfairly at work because of your age can be extremely upsetting. Some people simply give up and bring their career to an end, even though they have much to offer. It is paramount for those who have been illegally discriminated against to take a careful look at some of the legal strategies that may help.