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Signs of workplace age discrimination

A lawsuit was filed against corporate giant IBM by three former employees who accuse the company of age discrimination. Because of the nature of discrimination and the ever-changing American workplace, many people are not certain about what actions might constitute unlawful discrimination. The American Association of Retired Persons has published a guide designed to help people recognize the signs of workplace age discrimination. Employees in Texas might gain from the tips in the guide.

According to the AARP, some common signs of age discrimination are ageist comments, a lack of raises, poor performance reviews, unpleasant reassignments and older workers being fired. Ageist comments might seem like harmless jokes at first, but they can be detrimental to the employees, and they can lead to further discrimination down the line. A lack of raises for older workers might indicate age discrimination, especially if younger workers are being paid bonuses or given raises at the same time. If an employee is performing well but his or her compensation package is not keeping up with those of younger employees, it might be age discrimination.

Poor performance reviews all at once are suspicious. If an older employee has been performing well but then his or her reviews become negative, it could be a sign the company wants the employee to leave. Unpleasant reassignments might represent the same thing.

If a number of older workers are fired at the same time or over a short period, that might indicate discriminatory behavior. People who believe they have been subjected to discrimination in the workplace might want to speak with a lawyer with experience in employment law who can review the evidence to see if the claims are actionable.

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