Workplaces across the country strive to eliminate harassment and discrimination among their ranks. Unfortunately, despite the best efforts that happen, these are still issues that plague many a business.
Age discrimination often goes unchecked in particular. After all, it is not one of the types of discrimination that gets a lot of press coverage. But older workers still have forms of protection. This is where ADEA comes in.
The protective umbrella of ADEA
The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission discusses what age discrimination looks like at work. They discuss ADEA, or the Age Discrimination Employment Act. ADEA applies to workers over the age of 40. However, many states also have additional acts and laws that protect younger workers, too.
ADEA prevents the mistreatment and discrimination of any employee based on age. This includes everything from the denial of benefits to an individual’s unexpected demotion. It also covers issues like discrimination based on appearance. For example, in some industries, an employee may get “aged out” of a position because they look too old to “appeal” to consumers.
Age discrimination at work
Anything that results in unfair treatment to the point that it interferes with your ability to work counts as harassment. This holds true for harassment under the definition of ADEA, too. This not only applies to the possibility of demotion or even getting fired. It also applies to being unable to function in your workplace environment due to feeling uncomfortable, ridiculed or judged.
If you find yourself facing such discrimination, consider contacting legal help. This can ensure you get the protection you deserve, along with potential compensation for damages you suffered.