You have all the traits of a good employee. You are dedicated, reliable, and experienced in your field. Yet others make unfair judgments about you due to your age. Fortunately, there are federal and state laws in place to protect people over 40 from workplace discrimination.
The Age Discrimination in Employment Act (ADEA) of 1967 is a United States labor law. It prohibits employers from making hiring and firing decisions based on a worker’s or job applicant’s age.
The Act also extends to things such as promotions and compensation, as well as the terms, conditions, and privileges of employment. It applies to companies with 20 or more employees.
Employers with six or more employees also fall under the Virginia Human Rights Act (VHRA). It forbids employment practices that discriminate against applicants and employees based on their age.
Signs of Age Discrimination at Work
Age discrimination is more common than you may think. A survey conducted by AARP found that nearly 2 out of 3 workers ages 45 and older have seen or experienced age discrimination at work. Many of these respondents felt vulnerable because of their age and found that age bias made it hard for them to find new positions.
Some signs of age discrimination include:
- Job advertisements that have age-related specifications or dates
- Being overlooked for promotions or difficult work assignments
- Being encouraged or forced to retire
- Having your position eliminated and replaced with a younger employee in the same capacity
- Experiencing unfair discipline
Are You Facing Workplace Discrimination?
Age-related workplace discrimination is isolating and illegal. It can impact your livelihood through no fault of your own.
If you suspect that you are experiencing workplace discrimination due to your age, call 757-223-4580 for a case evaluation. You may be entitled to justice and compensation. Attorney James H. Shoemaker serves clients from Virginia Beach, Hampton Roads, Washington D.C., and across the country.