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Recognizing common signs of ageism in the workplace

If you are like many Texas residents, you would rather work after retirement age or avoid retiring at all. While working later in your career is good for your health and keeping your brain sharp, this could result in you becoming the victim of ageism. With that in mind, here are three signs of ageism in the workplace.

You are the target of age-related remarks

One of the most common instances of ageism occurs when a manager or other co-worker makes remarks about your age. Certain people attempting to be sly might say things that don’t initially seem offensive, such as asking about your retirement. However, most topics of conversation inquiring about your age are often examples of ageism.

Your job changes in an unpleasant way

Another example of age-related workplace discrimination takes place when older workers have to deal with odd or unpleasant job changes. For example, a company might start assigning older workers to perform its most labor-intensive tasks. Knowing that older employees will find this unpleasant, this type of discrimination aims to get these workers to quit or resign.

Your employer cuts all of its older workers

It is also important to notice if other older employees are getting fired or laid off. Sometimes, companies do this to hire younger workers for less money. If you start noticing a lot of newer and younger co-workers in your office, this could be a red flag to watch out for.

In conclusion, there are a few common signs that a company is guilty of ageism. It is also important to note that ageism is a form of prohibited discrimination and is not something that you should tolerate.