Age discrimination is still surprisingly commonplace in the professional world. It’s an issue exacerbated by the fact that the United States has an aging population.
Protect your rights by learning the red flags
If you’re one of the many who have been in the workforce for a long time, you sometimes have to look out for your rights to keep them. Unfortunately, the most vulnerable populations are also the most frequently targeted victims of discrimination at work. Those getting up there in years should watch out for these warning signs to know if they’re being discriminated against.
You’ve been reassigned to all the worst jobs
If you’ve noticed that the jobs you’re assigned at work are suddenly the least desirable, it may be a red flag for age-related workplace discrimination. Everyone has to do their fair share; not all parts of any job are necessarily fun or easy. But when you see that your workload has shifted to mundane or unpleasant tasks, it may indicate that your employer is trying to force you out because they think you’re aging out of the role.
You haven’t gotten a raise in a long time
If it’s been a while since your last pay raise, this may be another cause for alarm, especially if you’ve had an excellent performance at your job. On the other hand, it might be harder to prove that the lack of increased pay is truly due to age discrimination if your past year at work hasn’t been so great.
Your superiors are making offhand comments about retirement
Even if they’re just presented as jokes, when your employer or supervisors ask you in passing if you have any retirement plans, it shows that they’re thinking about your age on some level. Whenever possible, try to have witnesses around when these comments are usually made. It’s important to be clear that you have no plans to retire soon.
We Stand Up For Victims Of Age Discrimination
If you suspect you are a victim of age discrimination, you need an attorney you can trust. Reach out to the experienced attorneys at Alan C. Olson & Associates.