Age discrimination is a serious problem in American workplaces and it’s only getting worse due to the fact that more baby boomers are reaching retirement age. When these baby boomers need to keep working for financial reasons, they are finding it more difficult to retain their jobs as they grow older. What baby boomers need to know, however, is that federal law protects them from age-related discrimination.
The Age Discrimination in Employment Act (ADEA) protects all workers in Florida and the rest of the United States who are 40 years of age and older. The law prohibits employers from making demeaning comments and harassing workers because of their ages. It also prevents employers from engaging in other age-related discrimination like:
- Employers cannot discriminate against employees because of their age during the application, interviewing, hiring, firing, laying off or termination states of employment.
- Employers cannot create help wanted ads that specifically target younger workers or discourage older workers from applying.
- Employers cannot discriminate on the basis of age when offering promotions and demotions, work evaluations, disciplining or giving assignments.
- Employers cannot specifically target older workers when laying people off for downsizing.
- Employers cannot force employees to take their retirement early.
- Employers cannot retaliate against employees who complain about age discrimination or support another employee’s claim of age discrimination.
It’s important for victims of age discrimination to speak up and call for it to stop immediately. If supervisors and managers do not take swift action to ameliorate the situation, however, employees injured by age discrimination may not have any choice but seek financial justice in court.