How employees can make their age an advantage

On Behalf of | Dec 28, 2015 | Employment Law

While age discrimination is against the law, many Wisconsin employees may still feel that their age could be against them when they are trying to find work. However, there are ways that employees can use their experience and age to their advantage when they are looking to be hired.

One way older employees can protect themselves against age discrimination is to stay current in their particular field. This may include taking classes or going to training sessions or workshops. Additionally, it can help to stay up-to-date on the latest technology. If there are software programs that are commonly used, older employees could spend some time ensuring that they are proficient.

Another way employees can use their age to their advantage is to seek out leadership positions in their community. Whether this involves being a volunteer coordinator or becoming a board member for a local charity, working in the community allows workers to stand out and demonstrate that they play a vital role in their community. Finally, those who are looking for a new position can discuss the experience that they will bring their employer and how they can make a business better through their leadership.

There are many ways employees may unlawfully discriminate against potential employees, including age, gender and disability. Protections exist under federal and state law. If an employee has evidence that they were discriminated against and this results in lost income or even termination, an employment law attorney may assist in filing a claim with the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission or the applicable state agency.


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