According to a recent CNBC News story, a growing number of older workers have reported experiencing age discrimination both while searching for a job and at their place of employment. This discrimination is making it difficult for them to find work and save for retirement.
Roughly 50 percent of workers between 45 and 70 years old report age discrimination, and many unemployed older Americans believe that age discrimination has negatively impacted their job prospects.
The Age Discrimination in Employment Act (ADEA) prohibits employment discrimination against workers aged 40 or older. Employers with more than 20 employees are prohibited from using age as a factor in job-related decisions, including hiring, firing, promotion, layoffs, and job assignments. The ADEA also protects older workers from harassment, which involves hostile or abusive behavior directed at them due to their age. It further safeguards them from retaliation for reporting age discrimination or participating in someone else’s age discrimination case.
Despite the existence of this law, thousands of older workers continue to face discrimination, with age discrimination being one of the fastest-growing areas of concern.
For more information or if you believe you may have experienced age discrimination, please contact the experienced Georgia age discrimination lawyers at Buckley Bala Wilson Mew LLP for an immediate and confidential case evaluation.