Discrimination of any sort is unacceptable. When people face discrimination in the workplace, it can be exceptionally challenging, because most people spend the majority of their time in their work environment.
Thankfully, for those facing age discrimination, there are measures in place to protect them. There are a few important facts to understand about these measures.
Age Discrimination Act
Discrimination due to age is not a new concept. In fact, the Age Discrimination in Employment Act has been in place since 1967, and the Age Discrimination Act since 1975. There is additional legislation to prevent age discrimination that lawmakers have put in place over the years, such as section 188 of the Workforce Investment Act. These acts cover different aspects but work together to protect older works within the workforce.
Depending upon the particular individual, certain discrimination laws may apply. For example, the Age Discrimination in Employment Act applies to workers who are at least 40 years old, while the Age Discrimination Act covers older workers who are part of organizations that receive government funding. It is important to understand these aspects of the regulations. Having a full understanding of how they apply in your situation can aid you in determining how to proceed.
Age discrimination is not always as blatant as termination without proper cause. In many cases, the signs are subtle. They may be as simple as inappropriate age jokes or harsher reprimands for activities other employees may engage in. For those who believe they are experiencing discrimination of any kind, documentation is key. Also, if a party can get witness statements on his or her behalf, it can greatly strengthen the argument. Many companies have a discrimination protocol in place. If parties are not able to receive a resolution through those channels, then a claim may be necessary.
Though proving age discrimination may not be easy, it is not an impossible task. Collect as much evidence as possible, and consult with an attorney to determine your best course of action.