How To Tell If You Have Been Victimized By Age Discrimination
As a new generation of graduates enter the workforce, older employees may find themselves increasingly on the receiving end of age discrimination. Sometimes, the signs can be subtle, but it can also show up in quantifiable performance reviews. Although age discrimination is illegal, that does not mean it is not happening right now. Many older employees have been laid off in favor of younger ones. If that has happened to you, you have legal recourse. Read on to find out some signs of age discrimination in the workplace.
Have you found that, for no apparent reason, you have been reassigned to simpler or even unpleasant tasks? If so, that could be a subtle sign of age discrimination, especially if this reassignment took place after a batch of younger employees joined the company. If your previous tasks have been assigned to them, that’s even more telling.
Talks Around Your Age or Retirement
If your boss has brought up something age-related, such as asking you in a joking manner when you intend to retire, do not be too quick to overlook it. It could be a subtle hint to get you to resign automatically. When that happens, stand your ground and tell them you have no intention of retiring anytime soon, and that you would like to stay at the job for a long time. If possible, grab a coworker who happens to be around and get them to witness the conversation. Following up the ordeal with an email confirming your desire to continue working for years to come is a wise move.
Poor Performance Reviews
If you have been getting consistently strong performance reviews over the years but suddenly get a poor one following the investiture of younger employees, watch out. Your boss may be trying to send you a not so subtle hint what they expect of you. Employees do not just go from a 4 to a 1 overnight – something must be up. If you suspect you have been victimized by age discrimination, start compiling evidence and speak to an attorney as soon as possible.
No Pay Raises
Have you noticed that a younger employee has been offered a pay raise whereas you were not? If your performance throughout the year has been comparable, that can be a sign of age discrimination.
Turn to Carcich O’Shea For Age Discrimination Representation
If you have been victimized by age discrimination in the workplace, there is legal recourse open to you. Seek our employment litigation with Carcich O’Shea, LLC, who will listen to your experiences and ensure you are not getting cheated out of your rights. Our attorneys are well-versed in the latest employment laws and will see to it that your rights are fairly represented.
Contact us today if you would like to discuss what can be done to help your case as a victim of age discrimination in the workplace.