As many people in California will have heard someone say at some point, with age comes experience, and in a work environment, surely this can only be a good thing. However, some employers do not appear to think so and many workers find themselves facing unfair treatment as they enter their later years.
All too often, older employees may find that they are refused promotions, bullied out of their jobs or even not hired in the first place, all because of their age. This sort of behavior is illegal, but sadly many employers get away with it. Fortunately, the Age Discrimination in Employment Act is in place to protect you from this sort of treatment.
Some employers assume workers will be less competent after a certain age. Others simply worry that they will retire before long, leaving them one worker short. Whatever the case, age discrimination is unacceptable and should be reported as soon as possible.
As this article on discrimination elaborates, you cannot legally be discriminated against for reporting an issue to the ADEA. As such, it is important to stand up for your rights. Not only can you improve your own situation, but you may also be protecting others from future discrimination.
An attorney may be able to advise you on your options if you are faced with treatment of this nature. He or she might also be able to support you if you decide to file a claim against those responsible.