As an employee, you may have all sorts of concerns at work, whether you are worried about completing a project on time or have a considerable amount of stress due to a heavy workload. If you work in Washington, D.C., or another part of the country, you should not have to suffer because of illegal discrimination based on your age. In order to address any occurrences of this discrimination, it is important to understand what constitutes unlawful age discrimination.
According to the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, workers who are over the age of 40 are protected from discrimination based on their age. Some examples of illegal discrimination include firing an employee because they are older, refusing to promote a worker or hire an applicant solely because they are above the age of 40 years old or even assigning certain job tasks based on a worker's age.
It is also illegal for an employee to experience harassment due to their age. While relatively minor, one-off comments may not be against the law, relentless harassment that leads to a hostile work environment is a violation of employment law. It is also imortant to keep in mind that even though those responsible for unlawful age discrimination may be over the age of 40 themselves, this behavior is against the law.
If you think you might have been subjected to discrimination because of your age, you should take a look at your circumstances right away. Also, please remember that this post is not an alternative to legal counsel.