How Tennessee women can avoid age discrimination at work

While older men commonly face age-related workplace discrimination, older women tend to feel its impact even more. According to a study by the National Bureau of Economic Research, this may be because older women are subjected to both age and gender discrimination and because men are not penalized over their physical appearance as much as women are. However, experts say that there are things female workers can do to avoid getting marginalized as they age.

43First of all, women should recognize their value in the workplace. They can do this by reflecting on their skills and learning to clearly articulate their value. They should also take the time to communicate their accomplishments to their superiors and document their successes. Second, women should make sure that they network within different age groups at work. This can expose them to new ideas and help them avoid looking out of touch. Third, women should assess what their manager needs to meet their goals and work to visibly provide it. Fourth, women can help themselves by finding an influential sponsor at least two levels above them. This type of ally can help open career doors and also protect someone's job if they are in danger of being wrongly pushed out due to their age.

Finally, older women should know their legal rights. The federal Age Discrimination in Employment law protects people who are 40 or over. Understanding these rights could help protect a woman before or after she is discriminated against.

People of either gender who suffer age-related workplace discrimination could learn more about their legal options by contacting an employment rights attorney. An attorney could help document the case and file a complaint with the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission.

Source: Forbes, "Age Discrimination And Women In The Workplace. Here's How to Avoid Getting Pushed Out", Bonnie Marcus, May 12, 2018

No Comments

Leave a comment
Comment Information
Free Consultation

Get Started With Your Free, No-Obligation Consultation

Let us be clear when we say "you pay us nothing unless we win." Your relationship with our law firm begins with a free consultation. You meet directly with one of our experienced lawyers. When you become our client, we never ask you to open your checkbook. We work on a contingency-fee basis, which means our fee only comes from the proceeds from a successful verdict or settlement.

Bold labels are required.

Contact Information

The use of the Internet or this form for communication with the firm or any individual member of the firm does not establish an attorney-client relationship. Confidential or time-sensitive information should not be sent through this form.


Privacy Policy

McCune Zenner Happell, PLLC The Parklane Building, 5200 Maryland Way Suite 120 Brentwood, TN 37027 Phone: 615-953-8337 Phone: 615-425-3476 Fax: 615-251-6958 Brentwood Law Office Map

  • The National Trial Lawyers Top 100 Trial Lawyers
  • Super Lawyers
  • The Best Lawyers in America
  • Nation's Premier NAFBA Top Ten Ranking 2014