As we get older, some of our best traits grow even stronger. We have more experience, wisdom and compassion. One would like to think that all of these attributes would be considered of value in the workplace. Unfortunately, this is not always the case. And sadly, sometimes older workers are the recipients of discriminatory acts based on their age.
Perhaps you suspect that you have been the target of age discrimination. But how can you be sure this is the case? Well, there are a number of signs that could indicate that you are not being treated fairly simply because you have gotten older. These signs may include the following:
- You do not receive promotions you applied for that are instead given to younger, less experienced workers.
- You start receiving uncharacteristically poor performance reviews after hitting an age milestone, such as 50 or 60.
- Supervisors or co-workers start making biased remarks such as referring to you as "Gramps" or asking you when you intend to retire.
- You are left out of important meetings that are attended only by younger employees.
- You receive disciplinary action for alleged infractions that are ignored when done by younger employees. This could be a sign your employer is trying to establish grounds for your dismissal.
These are just a few signals that you are being discriminated against. Taken individually, any of the aforementioned behaviors may not signify discrimination. But you want to take note if they are part of a pattern.
Being singled out for mistreatment due to age can be extremely discouraging and frightening. Older workers often have fewer options than their younger counterparts and thus it is more important that they retain their jobs. But no one wants to stay someplace where they are being treated poorly.
If you have been subjected to what you believe is biased treatment based on your age, remember that such behavior is illegal. As such, you have rights and don't have to suffer in silence. A California employee rights attorney could look into the matter for you and help you decide if you have an actionable claim against your employer. If it appears your rights have been violated, the attorney could act on your behalf to have the matter settled appropriately.