The aarp.org portal gave the following statistics in 2014 that 64% of workers say they have seen or experienced age discrimination in the workplace. And 58% of adults believe age discrimination begins among workers in their 50s. The Age Discrimination in Employment Act (ADEA) into law in 1967, forbids discrimination in the workplace against anyone 40 and older. Ageism is unjust treatment because of your age.
There are old workers who love their job and say their bosses treat them well. Their employers trust them because of their experience.
But there are people who often claim their employers ignore them. The employers may not trust them, for example, to do calculations. That means the employers make decisions based on the employee’s age. There are employers who believe their elderly workers are not as flexible as the younger ones. And the employers say it is not easy to train them. Employers often show a negative attitude towards older workers. This happens especially concerning their ability to work with modern technology: computers, the internet, online tools etc.
The message of not being welcome begins with the job announcement. Job postings may often include the words such as “flexible,” “energetic,” “fresh” and “enthusiastic.” On the other hand, discrimination among the workers may have a bad effect on the employer’s business. When highly experienced workers leave a company, the productivity might go down.
What do the young people say?
Adults are not the only target to face age discrimination. Younger employees often say they feel ageism while looking for a job. The employers who practice ageism towards young people might claim that they lack enough experience to work for their company. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, young people between the ages of 20 and 24 have the highest unemployment rate for adults in the U.S. as of April 2012.
You should know that your rights are protected by the law, no matter you are an adult or a young individual. The law forbids discrimination in any aspect of employment: hiring, firing, paying, promotions, etc.
Be sure employers are not allowed to hire employees based on their age, sex, or color. An employee’s experience and skills should be the taken into consideration when making a hiring decision. Age should not be an obstacle to finding a job. If you have faced this kind of discrimination ask advice from a lawyer. Discrimination lawyers often deal with cases of unfair treatment with older employees.
So if without a reason, your company replaces you with a younger employee you are a victim of age discrimination. Now you know that your age should not stand as an obstacle to finding a job. The law protects your rights. It does not matter you are old or young, you are male or female, you can work wherever you want if your skills and experience make you eligible for the position.