According to a recent CNBC News story, a growing number of older workers have reported experiencing age discrimination both while searching for a job and at their place of employment. In turn, this discrimination is making it difficult to find work and save for retirement.
In fact, roughly 50 percent of workers between 45 and 70 years old report
age discrimination, and many of those older Americans out of work believe
that age discrimination played a role in negatively impacting their ability
to get a job.
The Age Discrimination in Employment Act (ADEA) prohibits employment discrimination against workers 40 years or older. At places of employment with more than 20 employees, employers may not use age as a factor in job related decisions such as hiring, firing, promotion, layoffs, and job assignments. It also protects older workers against harassment, which typically involves hostility of abuse directed at you by other employees because of your age, and from retaliation against you for complaining about age discrimination or for participating in someone else’s age discrimination case.
Despite this law, thousands of older workers still face discrimination, with age discrimination being one of the fastest growing areas.
For more information, or if you believe that you may have suffered age discrimination, please contact the experienced Georgia age discrimination lawyers at Buckley Beal LLP, LLP for an immediate, confidential case evaluation.