When a person grows older and reaches a certain age, they are seen as inferior and are often excluded in certain activities such as birthdays parties. Things get aggravated in the workplace when other young adults are hired to replace the old ones or get promoted and the older ones demoted or fired. Discrimination in employment is very common despite there being federal laws that prohibit it. It can be quite difficult to determine harmless remarks or jokes versus illegal discrimination. Below are three signs that you are being discriminated based on your age.
You Are Excluded in Team Building Activities
When you are intentionally left out in certain activities or work-related activities, that is an indirect aspect of age discrimination. Sometimes employers may assign you lighter duties or projects and give the lengthy or difficult workload to younger employees. This tactic demoralizes and frustrates the worker and makes them feel less valuable or helpful to the organization or company creating the misconception that older workers are less knowledgeable or non-professionals.
Negative Reviews and Ratings of Poor Performance
When a once favorite worker all of a sudden becomes lazy, and his/her performance start trending downward even without ever having a poor performance rating before, it is a clear indication of age discrimination. This could also be a hidden intent to get rid of an old worker or motivation for them to retire or resign.
Constant Age Remarks or Harassment
This is the most common clear sign of age discrimination where people utter blatant jokes targeting older people. Employers or co-workers may make age-related or demeaning remarks for no reason which is also regarded as age discrimination. Such comments like 'an oldie ' should be reported immediately especially if your employer is encouraging them.