Age discrimination in the Texas workplace can be subtle or blatant and takes many forms. Employers may discriminate against older workers by refusing to hire or promote them, demoting them or forcing them to retire early. Fortunately, there are ways to spot age discrimination, and if you think you’ve experienced it, you can take steps to protect your rights.
If you come across job postings that require “digital natives” or “recent graduates,” it might be a sign of age discrimination. Employers should be looking for candidates who can perform the job, regardless of age.
If you notice that younger, less experienced workers are being promoted over older, more experienced workers, it may be a sign of age discrimination. Employers should base promotions on merit and experience, not age.
It could point to age discrimination if you notice that younger workers with similar job titles and responsibilities are being paid more than you. All employees receive compensation according to their job responsibilities and experience.
If you hear comments like “you’re too old to learn new technology” or “you’re close to retirement anyway,” it could be a sign of age discrimination in the workplace. These stereotypes are not only inaccurate but can also be harmful to older workers’ career development.
If you’re terminated from your job or laid off and notice that only older workers are being let go, it may be a sign of age discrimination. Employers should base job terminations on performance, not age.
When you suspect age discrimination is taking place, there are steps you can follow to protect your rights. Keep a record of any comments, emails or situations you believe are discriminatory. If you feel comfortable, speak to your HR department about your concerns. They may be able to help resolve the issue.
If the discrimination continues, you can file a complaint with the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC). The EEOC will investigate your claim and determine whether sufficient evidence supports it. If the EEOC determines sufficient evidence of discrimination, you may be able to file a lawsuit against your employer.
Dealing with age discrimination
Age discrimination is a serious issue that can harm older workers’ careers and opportunities. By being aware of the signs and taking action to protect your rights, you can help prevent discrimination and ensure that all employees are treated fairly and equally in the workplace.