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Survey shows age discrimination is still common

A recent survey indicates that millennials are more likely than older generations to report seeing age discrimination in the workplace. While age discrimination is prohibited in Indiana and across the country by the Age Discrimination in Employment Act, millennials are not yet old enough to benefit from it. The ADEA protects people who are 40 and older from discrimination based on age.

Age discrimination includes any kind of prejudice against a person based on their age. In the survey, which was conducted by the online company review website Glassdoor, people were asked if they had experienced or witnessed ageism in the workplace. Of those who responded, 52% of the people in the 18 to 34 age bracket said they'd seen age discrimination at work. That same percentage of millennials said they'd experienced or witnessed discrimination at work based on gender. Only 30% of older workers complained about gender discrimination.

Regarding discrimination based on LGBTQ identity, millennials said they'd experienced or witnessed it at a rate of 43%, compared to only 18% of older workers. The survey also found that millennials were more likely to support diversity and inclusion efforts within their companies than their older coworkers.

Employees in Indiana are protected from discrimination in the workplace by state and federal laws. A worker who has been the victim of age discrimination may want to reach out to a lawyer who could recommend potential avenues for relief. An attorney might gather evidence that could help when negotiating a settlement with parties that have liability.

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