Though you are getting older, you may not have plans to retire any time soon. You enjoy your work and believe that you can still hold your own when it comes to completing your tasks efficiently and effectively. However, you may have some concerns about the conduct of others in the workplace.
You may notice that younger people are starting to take on important roles, and while you appreciate the fresh perspective they bring, you may begin to worry about your status and the statuses of your older colleagues in your workplace. If you suddenly feel that your age is playing a role in how others perceive your work performance, you may be facing age discrimination.
Signs to watch out for
Age discrimination can present itself in various ways. Some of the actions may not come across as openly discriminatory but could seem like more passive ways of making an older worker uncomfortable in the workplace. Some signs of age discrimination include the following:
- Superiors or co-workers making comments about your age or asking when you might retire
- Older workers facing employment termination while younger employees come in as replacements
- Suddenly receiving poor work evaluations despite consistently positive reviews in the past
- No longer receiving pay raises, bonuses or other work incentives while younger workers obtain those benefits
- Having to complete unpleasant tasks as employers attempt to get older workers to quit
If you have faced any of these actions, you may have felt caught off guard. Nonetheless, you continued to work as usual. However, if you do believe that you are facing discrimination in the workplace, you may want to keep records of these and similar actions, which could work as useful evidence later.
You getting older does not mean that your employer has the right to fire you or force you out of the company. Still, some employers may try to do so. In the event that you suffer negative impact to your career based on discriminatory actions, you may want to consider your legal options. In some cases, filing an employment law claim may be a necessary step to seek justice for wrongdoing you have faced.
Workplace discrimination cases can prove complicated to go through, but fortunately, you can obtain the assistance of a legal professional to help you through every part of the process. Consulting with a Texas attorney may be a wise place to start.