Age discrimination commonplace and growing say EEOC and AARP

People in Tennessee workplaces might notice changes in how they are treated as they age. A survey from the American Association for Retired Persons and data collected by the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission indicate that age discrimination is commonplace. It results in problems like harassment and discriminatory firings.

Although the Age Discrimination in Employment Act established rights for older workers in 1967, research conducted by the AARP revealed that only 3 percent of people mistreated at work because of their age file official complaints with a government agency or their employers.

According to a report from the EEOC, the overall number of age-based complaints more than tripled from 1992 to 2017. People who charged their employers with age discrimination did so most often because of discriminatory firings.

The prevalence of age discrimination sometimes makes headlines. Investigations by two prominent media organizations uncovered companies that used Facebook to target their job ads to younger people. Technology job candidates over 30 in Silicon Valley experience a sharp decline in job offers compared to people in their 20s.

Someone who feels mistreated at work because of age discrimination, racial or gender prejudice or religious discrimination might want an attorney's opinion about the problem. An attorney may evaluate workplace discrimination issues like job termination or company policies that have a disparate impact on different groups of people. If evidence points to violations of the law, an attorney may be able to prepare a complaint for a government agency and communicate with the employer. Some cases might involve filing a lawsuit. An attorney may seek a pretrial settlement that compensates a person for lost income. If a settlement does not emerge at that stage, an attorney may be able to present the evidence to a jury and strive to prove the illegal motivations behind an employer's actions.

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