You cannot be singled out at work for your age

On Behalf of | Apr 6, 2022 | Employment law

Employment discrimination comes in numerous forms. Frequently, individuals are harassed or discriminated against because of their gender, sexual orientation, race, ethnicity and religion. All of these are protected characteristics and both federal and state laws prohibit discrimination on these bases.

One other protected characteristic that is commonly overlooked is age. Workers have a right not to be singled out because of this. Older workers should be judged based on their job performance just like everyone else. In fact, older workers tend to bring numerous benefits to corporations due to their experience and ability to work under pressure.

Sadly, age discrimination is commonplace in many workspaces. Recognizing some of the more common signs could help to foster working environments that remain free of hostility.

Countering age-related prejudice

The use of technology has increased in virtually every workplace. Computers provide a safer means of storage and can assist in completing tasks at a much more efficient rate. There is a common misconception that older workers may be stuck in the past, unable to cope with the pace of a fast-changing work environment. These misconceptions are not based on reality, and older workers are a positive attribute to even the most technologically advanced companies.

Older workers should not be prevented from accessing career opportunities based on such stereotypes. Not only is such behavior immoral, but it is also likely to be actionable in terms of a discrimination lawsuit.

Direct harassment 

Discrimination of older workers is not always as subtle as being overlooked. Some co-workers and even employers may go out of their way to make mean-spirited comments based on age. Everyone in Pennsylvania has a legal right to work in an environment that is free from hostility. If an older worker no longer feels like attending work because of repeated comments about their age, this is a sure sign that the workspace has become hostile.

If you no longer feel like going to work because of how you have been treated, then it could be a sign that something is amiss. In these circumstances, be sure to check out your legal options in more detail.