Both state and Federal law says that individuals cannot be discriminated against at work because of protected characteristics. Examples of protected characteristics include religion, gender, sexual orientation and ethnicity.
One protected characteristic that is often overlooked is age. Workers must not face discrimination on this basis either. Sadly, ageism in the workplace is still a relatively common issue. If the following examples have occurred to you, then you may have grounds for a legitimate age discrimination claim.
Your company offers training programs for staff on a regular basis. You’ve attended many of these over the years, but recently, you’ve been informed that you are no longer welcome. The company is trying to inject youth into the network, and your age apparently excludes you.
Not only is this manifestly unfair, but it is also a form of discrimination. You should be judged and granted opportunities based on your ability and performance, not your age.
Unfortunately, age discrimination can also take the form of direct harassment. Are you being belittled and ridiculed because of your age? Are co-workers and supervisors constantly making mean-spirited comments?
It’s important to remember that you are not in the wrong if these things are happening. This is discrimination and you shouldn’t have to deal with it.
If you feel like you have been discriminated against, then you should know that there are options open to you. Seeking some legal guidance on the matter will help you to find an appropriate resolution.