If you're an aging working, you may have been the victim of age discrimination and not even know it. Age discrimination isn't something that is talked about very often. In fact, it's rarely discussed, at all. One of the reasons is that it's hard for people to acknowledge that they're getting older. Another reason is that many people don't realize what age discrimination actually is.
Unfortunately, if you don't know what it is, it's impossible to seek help when it happens to you. If you've been the victim of age discrimination, it's important to know that help is available for you. Here are four signs that you've been the victim of age discrimination in the workplace. If any of these signs have happened to you, it's time to talk to an attorney.
You Were Replaced by Someone Younger
If you've recently been replaced by someone who is younger than you, the action may have been related to age discrimination. This is particularly true if other workers who are your age are also being replaced by younger workers. If this is happening in your workplace, you need to talk to a discrimination attorney as soon as possible.
You're Required to Do The Unpleasant Tasks
If your job description has recently changed, and you're suddenly being required to perform the unpleasant tasks at work, age discrimination may be the cause. Now's the time to take note of what's happening around the workplace. If you're noticing that more of your older co-workers are being assigned the unpleasant tasks, or you're the only older worker, and you're being assigned all the unpleasant tasks, you're going to need an attorney.
Your Age Has Become the Topic of Jokes
If your age has become the topic of jokes, or you're being harassed because of your age, you don't need to put up with that treatment. Age discrimination and harassment is against your civil rights. Make a note of the times that your age is used as the topic of jokes, or you're harassed and ridiculed for your age. If your aging co-workers are subjected to the same treatment, have them make note of those instances, as well. Once you've documented those instances, go and talk to an attorney.
You've Been Passed Over for Promotion
If it's been a while since you've received a promotion, even though your work history would support one, it could be related to your age, especially if younger workers are receiving those promotions. Don't let another promotion pass you by. Consult with a discrimination attorney near you right away.