As an older worker for a Terre Haute-area business, have you ever suspected that your employer is discriminating against you because of your age? It’s natural if you are not certain. Employers rarely say outright that they are committing age discrimination or leave evidence lying around.
Look for these signs of discrimination
But there are still signs to look out for. Here are five possible signs of age discrimination at your job.
- There seems to be a pattern of you and other co-workers getting fired or laid off and younger people replacing them
- Management has reassigned you to unpleasant duties, perhaps to try to force you to quit
- Your supervisors and managers have started making comments about your age or asking if you are going to retire soon
- You did not get a raise despite having a good year, but younger, less productive co-workers did
- Without explanation, you suddenly got a poor performance review after years of positive reviews
None of these incidents on their own necessarily mean your employer has violated your rights. But the more of them you have experienced, the more likely it is that you have found a pattern of illegal behavior.
What should I do next?
If several of these things have happened to you at work, consider speaking to an employment law attorney. A lawyer experienced in representing employment discrimination victims knows how to gather evidence and build a strong case against employers. Once you have that, you and your attorney have leverage for negotiating a reasonable settlement or, if necessary, taking the case to trial.