When it comes to employment, people can be discriminated against in all different ways. This includes their gender, race, and whether or not an employee is disabled. One more type of discrimination that is becoming more common has to do with age. According to a recent AARP survey, of the 3,900 people over the age of 45 that were surveyed, 61% of them stated they either saw or were a victim of age discrimination.
If you are an older American in the workforce and are wondering if you have experienced age discrimination, here are three signs that prove you are a victim.
1. Older Workers Are Getting Fired
If you and other older workers were all fired at around the same time and the company proceeded to replace you with younger employees, that is a sure sign of age discrimination. While this might be a hard pill to swallow, it is actually becoming quite common.
One reason older people get fired is because younger employees don't cost as much to insure. When a company fires older employees, it helps them save money on their insurance premiums.
2. Your Duties Get Changed
If you have been doing the same thing at your job for several years and suddenly get reassigned to an unpleasant duty, it might be because your employer either wants you to quit or is trying to replace you.
It's true that if you are an at-will employee, your boss can change your job description or duties without advanced warning. However, in doing so, they are not allowed to discriminate against you in any way.
3. You Start Getting Bad Performance Reviews
If you have always gotten good performance reviews from your employer but are noticing they are not so good the older you get, it may a sign of age discrimination. This is especially common when a new, and younger employer takes over. People don't normally start becoming a bad employee, so if this happens to you, be sure to gather evidence and get copies of your reviews so that you can prove you have been discriminated against.
In order to prevent this type of discrimination, ask your employer for feedback on a regular basis. If feedback that was once positive suddenly becomes negative, it's not a good sign.
If you have noticed any of these signs in your place of employment, don't hesitate to contact an employment age discrimination attorney.Share