Workers in many industries throughout Tennessee might worry about age discrimination, but the concern is especially prevalent among people in the technology sector. A survey conducted by the job website Indeed.com asked 1,011 technology professionals about their attitudes toward age and the possibility of discrimination. Responses from people with work experience averaging 15 years and 9 months showed that 43 percent of them worried about job loss due to their age.
A researcher fo workplace demographics and innovation concluded that people place an outdated emphasis on age based on 20th-century norms. Traditionally, adults are expected to progress through their lives from schooling or training to employment and then to retirement. With people living longer, however, the lines are blurring as older workers might seek new training to pursue second or third careers.
Despite changes to modern society and work life, people still tend to make judgments about workers based on their age. They might think that older workers should retire or that younger workers will understand technology better. Although most people recognize that they should not hold prejudices based on skin color, gender, sexual orientation or religion, they may routinely accept stereotypes about different generations.
Mistreatment at work or outright job termination based on physical characteristics or beliefs often violates employment law. However, someone experiencing workplace discrimination might not know how to address the problem. A conversation with an attorney may inform a person whether negative treatment at work amounted to illegal discrimination. When it does, an attorney may help a person collect evidence and communicate the complaint to an employer. This effort might include a formal complaint to the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission or filing a lawsuit. Damages pursued by a mistreated worker might include back pay and benefits.