If you feel like you’ve experienced unfair treatment at work due to your age, you’re not alone. In fact, studies show that as many as 2 in 3 individuals over the age of 45 have experienced some form of age discrimination. Although most people are aware that age discrimination is illegal, it is not always clear exactly what is considered discrimination. Here are 5 quick facts that will help you better understand the law:
1.Age discrimination laws protect anyone aged 40 and up. While most instances of age discrimination affect individuals in their 50s and 60s, many people aren’t aware that the laws are written to protect anyone aged 40 and older.
2.You are protected from discrimination starting in the hiring process. While typically considered to be impolite, it is legal for an employer to ask your age during a job interview. Although, employers are forbidden from using this information as a factor in determining whether or not you are the best candidate for the position. Despite this, not being hired is the most common form of age discrimination, making up at least 19 percent of reported incidents.
3.It’s more common than you think. According to the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC), nearly 21,000 age discrimination charges were filed in 2017 alone, accounting for 1 in 5 discrimination charges.
4.Workplace harassment is a form of discrimination. The office bully or inappropriate jokester may be guilty of more than just creating an uncomfortable work environment – they could be breaking the law. Repeatedly calling attention to someone’s age in a harassing, abusive or demeaning manner is a serious violation of age discrimination laws.
5.Mandatory retirement is discrimination, too! Outside of a few unique exceptions, such as airline pilots and public safety officials, forcing someone to retire at a certain age, despite their ability to fulfill their duties as an employee, is strictly forbidden.
If you suspect that you have been a victim of discrimination, take action! Consulting with an experienced discrimination attorney as quickly as possible will help to ensure you make the proper steps needed to build your case. Contact the attorneys at Pitt, McGehee, Palmer, & Rivers today at (248) 398-9800 to speak with Michigan’s leading law firm focused on fighting for justice!