In a perfect world, employees would be hired and evaluated based on their knowledge, skills, and work ethic. Unfortunately this doesn’t always happen. Discrimination in its many forms can make for a toxic work environment – affecting the victim of discrimination as well as other employees and the workplace as a whole. Age discrimination is one type of workplace discrimination that is illegal under the Age Discrimination in Employment Act (ADEA), as well as under many state and local laws. This type of discrimination occurs when an employer treats an employee unfairly because of the employee’s age. Unfortunately, age discrimination can be hard to prove, and sometimes it can be hard to recognize.
Common examples of age discrimination
Here are some common examples of age discrimination in the workplace:
- Promoting a younger, less experienced or less qualified employee
- Paying older employees less than younger employees for the same job
- Making jokes or comments about an employee’s age
- Excluding an employee from certain meetings or activities because of his or her age
- Suddenly giving an older employee a bad review or scrutinizing his or her work
- Pressuring an employee to retire (or questioning an employee about retirement plans)
- Using age-specific words in a job description (for example, “join our young and dynamic team”)
If you suspect that you are experiencing age discrimination, you should speak to an attorney. An attorney from our firm can initiate a full investigation of your case and help you determine a course of legal action.
Remember: Age discrimination is wrong and it is illegal – and victims may be eligible for monetary compensation.
Contact Alan Lescht and Associates today if you have experienced age discrimination at work. For a free phone consultation, please call 202-463-6036.