If you are over the age of 40, it is important to keep an eye out for age discrimination. Some older workers subjected to mistreatment on the basis of their age deal with a demotion, denied wages they deserve or even termination solely because of their age. Moreover, you need to recognize any unlawful treatment in the workplace because of your age or some other factor, such as your gender or sexual orientation.
Unfortunately, some workers experience relentless harassment. This behavior is illegal, in some instances.
When is age-related harassment illegal?
According to the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, it is against the law for employers to discriminate against protected workers who are 40 or older on the basis of their age. Moreover, harassment is also against the law. For example, if repeated harassment creates a hostile work environment or causes a negative outcome with respect to one’s employment (such as losing your job), it is illegal. In some instances, simple teasing and other types of harassment, such as a one-off incident that is relatively minor, do not constitute unlawful activity.
What is the impact of age-related harassment?
If you experience harassment because of your age, you could face various consequences and every victim is in a unique position. Some people develop anxiety or depression because of their experiences and you could face financial hardships if you suffer a demotion or lose your position altogether. Moreover, it is often more difficult for older workers to find new jobs and you should note that age discrimination is also against the law when it comes to the job application process.