If you've had the same job for a number of years, and you've never experienced discrimination, you may think that you're safe. Unfortunately, situations can change, especially as you mature. Age discrimination is something that can affect every aspect of your personal and professional life. In fact, age discrimination can turn a previously welcome workplace into a hostile environment. However, age discrimination isn't always easy to identify. Take a look at the information provided below. If you've experienced any of the situations described here, you need to talk to an attorney as soon as possible. You may have experienced workplace age discrimination.
1. You've Been Called Derogatory Names
If you've ever been called derogatory names that were used to reflect your advancing age, and those situations occurred at work, you may have experienced age discrimination and not known it. Name-calling in the workplace is always off-limits, especially when it's directed towards someone's race, gender, or religion. However, it always extends to derogatory comments aimed towards age as well. In fact, the Supreme Court is now considering whether the term "Ok, Boomer" is a form of age discrimination when used in the workplace.
2. You've Received Belittling Accommodations
If you've ever received belittling accommodations in the workplace, those actions may be considered a form of age discrimination. For instance, if you've ever been offered a wheelchair or had an extended seat cushion installed on the employee toilet as a joke, you may have been the victim of age discrimination, especially if there is more than just one incident of that type.
3. You've Been Demoted Due to Your Age
If you've recently been demoted from a job that you've held for a number of years, or you've had your required responsibilities altered as a result of your age, speak to an employment attorney as soon as possible. This is particularly important if your job performance hasn't changed. Employers can't demote you based on your age.
4. You've Been Pressured Into Retirement Talks
If you're nearing retirement age, and you find that your employers are trying to pressure you into retirement talks, it's time to sit down with an employment attorney. While there is a recognized retirement age in the United States, you still have the right to continue working once you reach that age. In most cases, employers cannot force you to retire merely because you're approaching the age of retirement.
If you feel that you're the victim of age discrimination in the workplace, talk to an attorney as soon as possible. They can answer all your questions and help protect your rights.