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What Age Group Faces the Most Discrimination?

February 14th, 2024
Our Philadelphia Age Discrimination Lawyers at The Gold Law Firm P.C. Will Protect Your Rights

Discrimination, in any form, has no place in our society. Unfortunately, age discrimination is a reality that many face in their workplaces. Age discrimination refers to the unjust treatment of individuals based on their age. In the workplace context, this can manifest in various ways—from being overlooked for promotions, excluded from training opportunities, or even dismissed outright due to age.

The Age Discrimination in Employment Act (ADEA) protects workers aged 40 and above from such bias. For those in Philadelphia, the Philadelphia Fair Practices Ordinance ensures similar protections, prohibiting discrimination against employees and job applicants due to age.

Statistics and studies indicate that age discrimination affects workers over 50 more than any other group. Why does this age group bear the brunt of such bias? The answer lies in persistent stereotypes associated with older workers. These stereotypes suggest that older workers are less adaptable, slower in learning new skills, and more likely to have health issues affecting their work.

Consider Julia, a seasoned marketing professional in her mid-50s. Despite having an impressive track record and extensive experience, she is repeatedly passed over for promotions in favor of younger colleagues. Her employer assumes, without substantiation, that she may not be comfortable managing a team of millennials or using the latest digital marketing tools.

Or take Robert, a 60-year-old engineer who loses his job. Despite his vast experience and expertise, he struggles to secure a new job as potential employers question his familiarity with the latest technology and industry trends.

Confronting Age Discrimination

If you suspect you are experiencing age discrimination at work, acting is imperative. Begin by documenting instances of potential discrimination. Maintain a record of comments, actions, or decisions you believe show bias against you due to age.

You may want to discuss your concerns with a supervisor, a representative from human resources, or your company’s equal opportunity officer. They might be able to address the issue internally and rectify the situation.

However, if these steps do not lead to a resolution, it may be necessary to consult a legal professional. A lawyer with experience in workplace discrimination cases can guide you through the process, helping you understand your rights and options.

Our Philadelphia Age Discrimination Lawyers at The Gold Law Firm P.C. Will Protect Your Rights

Age discrimination is a serious issue, but remember, you are not alone. If you are a worker who has faced age discrimination, our law firm stands ready to support you. Speak with our Philadelphia age discrimination lawyers at The Gold Law Firm P.C. today. Call us at 215-569-1999 or contact us online to schedule your free consultation with our experienced legal team. Located in Philadelphia and Pennsauken, New Jersey, we proudly serve clients in South Jersey and Southeastern Pennsylvania, including Wilkes-Barre, Scranton, Northeast Philadelphia, Bucks County, Chester County, Delaware County, Lehigh County, Montgomery County, and Cherry Hill.

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