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Illegal workplace discrimination still impacts older people

| Aug 22, 2019 | Employment Law for Employees |

Workers in New York and across the nation are now granted more freedom in lodging claims for compensation after their employee rights have been violated. Although it is easier for people to address cases when they have been mistreated, that does not mean certain behaviors will stop and people no longer need to worry about being subjected to employment violations. A recent study indicates that age discrimination is still a problem. Those who have faced it should remember their rights.

The study from Hiscox USA says that more than one in five workers who are older than 40 have been subjected to age discrimination in the U.S. Many of these victims are male. According to the head of the specialty insurer, this is a growing problem for people who are of a certain age and want to keep working and advancing in their employment. Of workers 40 and above, 21% stated they experienced discrimination because of their age. The age at which workers are likeliest to be discriminated against is 51. For the study, 400 workers in that age range took part in a survey.

Of the workers who were surveyed, only 40% said they filed a claim because of age discrimination. 54% expressed concerns that reporting it would lead to a hostile work environment. 24% said they were unsure of how to proceed with a complaint. 43% of males said they thought their age was a negative factor in getting a new job after turning 40. 30% of females said the same. Nearly 40% of men said they were frustrated in trying to advance in their careers after they turned 40. 24% of women said the same.

Other points include 80% of people who were discriminated against due to age said they felt it harmed their careers. 43% said they left a job because of age discrimination committed against them or when they witnessed it. 67% of those 65 or younger said they were going to keep working when they turned 66.

The number of workers who believed they were victimized by age discrimination and chose not to report it is troublesome. It is vital to remember that employee rights are all-encompassing and age should not be a problem when a person is seeking a job, is trying to advance in a job or with any other aspect of employment. A law firm that understands employment law for employees can assess the situation and help with taking the necessary steps to file a claim.