Employers will never come out and tell you that they discriminated against you based on your age because they know that it will subject them to legal liability. Therefore, you need to look beyond the surface of what happened to prove discrimination. Here are some examples of age discrimination in the workplace.
The put down of “OK, Boomer” could be worse than just a joke. Older workers sometimes face a litany of jokes and verbal harassment based on their age. Co-workers could make visual gestures and comments that belittle an employee for their age. While one comment or joke here and there may not be a pattern, more frequent occurrences could be a hostile atmosphere towards an older worker.
Discrimination in Hiring
If you notice that an employer only has young workers on their payroll, it could be more than just a coincidence. Even if companies want to have a younger workforce, they cannot discriminate against older workers. Sometimes, employers may claim that you are “overqualified” for the job, which is often code for age discrimination.
Being Pushed to Retirement
Companies are allowed to offer employees early retirement packages. However, it is up to the worker to decide whether they want to accept it. If the employee turns down the package, they must be treated the same as any other worker. If they reject an early retirement package, and the company turns around and fires them, it could be an example of age discrimination.
Call an Atlanta Employment Attorney
If you believe that you may be the victim of age discrimination, you may have grounds for a lawsuit against your employer. Call Battleson Law LLC today at 470.766.0811 or message us online to learn whether you can take legal action to get justice.