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Age discrimination in the workplace

Workers in New York face age discrimination on a regular basis.

In a high-paced business atmosphere driven by technological advancements, there is sometimes a strong employer preference for younger workers who are assumed to be more technologically proficient, adaptive, and better able to keep up with the increasingly difficult demands of management and clients alike.

It is largely for this reason that older workers are afforded increased legal protections to help prevent workplace age discrimination. 

Nevertheless, younger workers can be victims of workplace age discrimination, and are often one of the groups least protected from age biases.

If, as a younger worker, you believe that you have been the victim of workplace age discrimination, Bashian P.C. can help you determine if you have an actionable claim against your employer, and help you to enforce your rights in the event that they have been violated. 

Graduates all across the United States often enter the workforce only to be faced with requirements for ten years of experience and higher for the jobs they want. They may also miss out on opportunities for promotion because they are viewed as not old enough or mature enough to take on real responsibility.

Age discrimination laws have also been weakened over the years and only those 40 years and older are protected. Most millennials and all Gen Z workers fall well below this protection. Because of the age limit on protection from age discrimination, only older workers are in a position to file claims that may have any legal ramifications for the employer.

Forbes points out in recent years, reports of age discrimination have been most common among women, especially women of color. Complaints were most prevalent among female Blacks and Asians over the age of 65. Here are some common signs of ageism:

  •          Forced out of work or laid off
  •          Not being hired because of age
  •          Being passed over for a promotion
  •          Negative remarks from fellow coworkers or the boss
  •          Denied opportunities for training and professional development

Ageism is most commonly used to describe situations where people are considered to be too old. It may also affect younger workers who are considered too young and irresponsible. Even so, workers nearing retirement face the harshest consequences.

Younger workers may have decades of earning years ahead of them, while older workers have a much shorter time to tie up their loose ends before leaving the workforce for retirement. If they are forced out early, this could negatively affect them for the rest of their lives.

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