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January 17, 2023

Age discrimination is a serious issue that affects many older workers in the United States. It occurs when an employee is treated unfairly or otherwise disadvantaged due to their age.

Age discrimination can take many forms, including being passed over for promotions, being given less favorable job assignments, or being subjected to harassment or mistreatment due to one’s age.

Unfortunately, age discrimination continues to be a problem across a wide range of industries. It may also go overlooked even by an employee who is the victim of said discrimination. This is often because some of the common signs that age discrimination is occurring may be relatively subtle.

If you’re an aging worker, you deserve fair treatment. That’s why it’s important that you familiarize yourself with some of the easy-to-miss signs of age discrimination. They include the following:

  • One subtle sign of age discrimination is being passed over for promotions or other opportunities. This can occur when an older worker is overlooked in favor of a younger, less experienced candidate, even if the older worker is more qualified. This can be especially frustrating for workers who have dedicated many years to a company and feel that they are being unfairly passed over for opportunities.
  • Another sign of age discrimination is being given less favorable job assignments or responsibilities. For example, an older worker might be given tasks that are less challenging or that have less prestige than those given to younger workers. This can be demoralizing and can lead to feelings of being undervalued or overlooked.
  • Harassment or mistreatment due to one’s age is another subtle sign of age discrimination. This can take many forms, such as being the target of jokes or comments about one’s age, being excluded from social or professional events, or being subjected to negative stereotypes about older workers. This type of discrimination can be particularly insidious, as it is often subtle and may be dismissed as “just joking around” or “harmless teasing.”
  • Older workers may also experience discrimination in the form of being subjected to different or more stringent performance standards than younger workers. This can include being held to higher standards of productivity or being more closely monitored than younger workers. This can be frustrating and can create an unfair burden for older workers. They may also understandably feel as though they’re being monitored by those whose goal is to find reason to take fault with their performance.
  • Finally, older workers may experience discrimination when it comes to pay and benefits. This can include being paid less than younger workers for the same work, or being denied promotions or other opportunities due to one’s age.

Do you have reason to believe you’ve been the victim of age discrimination in the Los Angeles area? If so, review your case with a Los Angeles workplace discrimination attorney at Azadian Law Group, PC. You may have grounds to take legal action against your employer. Learn more by contacting us online to schedule your free, confidential case review today.

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