When you think of workplace discrimination types in Milwaukee, you might instantly think of gender, sexual, disability and pregnancy. Very few people are aware that they can experience workplace discrimination because of their age. Ageism, the act of mistreating a person because of their age, is alive and well in the workplace. If you are a member of the Baby Boomer generation (over the age of 50) or a senior who must work to stay active and support yourself, you could expect to hear more complaints about ageism in the workplace in the coming years.
The Age Discrimination in Employment Act protects employees over the age of 40 from mistreatment by their employers because they are older. Proving ageism at work is difficult, but it can be done. Here are some signs you should keep watch for and document in your workplace discrimination claim.
Aging workers increase liability risk
Older workers are more likely to have accidents and become injured at work, making them a more substantial liability than when they were younger. Some employers modify the job duties of older workers and rely on younger workers to do the riskier tasks. This can result in your supervisors and coworkers treating you differently. You may even notice your supervisors hold you to higher standards than others and dole out fewer negative criticisms to younger employees.
Apparent patterns of age discrimination in hiring and termination practices
Hiring and firing is a regular part of the business cycle. There are times when employers must fire or layoff workers. Employers might feel they can rightfully get rid of all or most employees who are over the age of 40 and retain a younger and possibly cheaper workforce.
If you suddenly begin receiving harsh criticisms, poor work performance reviews and job modifications, experience other issues and are 40 years old or older, you could be experiencing ageism. Research your options to learn how you can hold your employer legally accountable for violating your rights.