We are on call during the COVID-19 emergency and the best way to reach us is through the contact page of our website.
Sterling Employment Law

Subtle signs of age discrimination in the workplace

As workers reach middle age, they face a new challenge: stereotypes. Despite being outlawed, age discrimination remains a real problem in America. Just how prevalent is it?

In one study cited by the Society for Human Resource Management, 56% of older workers were either laid off or left jobs under circumstances that suggest they were forced out. Illegal age discrimination can have a significant impact on the livelihood of affected workers.

Possible signs of age discrimination

Age discrimination is not always obvious. In many cases, it is a collection of smaller behaviors that, when viewed together, paint a picture of age discrimination directed toward older workers. Some examples of potential signs of age discrimination, in part via the Society for Human Resource Management and AARP, include:

  • A company laying off older workers while simultaneously hiring younger ones
  • An older worker being directed to train younger people in their current job duties
  • Responsibilities, such as certain accounts, being abruptly shifted to other workers
  • Job postings that say they’re only looking for “digital natives”
  • Raises no longer being given to an older worker
  • Sudden poor reviews for an older worker with a positive history
  • The assigning of new goals that are extremely difficult for anyone to realistically reach

As you can see, a lot of these signs are circumstantial, and in and of themselves do not necessarily prove age discrimination.

Firing or forcing out workers – or even screening out job applicants – solely because they are in their 40s or older is illegal and can be grounds for a lawsuit. Yet some companies continue to engage in the behavior. These decisions ultimately make things harder on some of the most experienced, knowledgeable and skilled workers out there.

No Comments

Leave a comment
Comment Information

Contact Us Today

Bold labels are required.

Contact Information

The use of the Internet or this form for communication with the firm or any individual member of the firm does not establish an attorney-client relationship. Confidential or time-sensitive information should not be sent through this form.


Privacy Policy

This site uses Google's Invisible reCAPTCHA, which is subject to Google's Privacy Policy and Terms of Use.

Sterling Employment Law

Sterling Attorneys at Law, P.C.
33 Bloomfield Hills Parkway
Suite 250
Bloomfield Hills, MI 48304

Toll Free: 888-486-6305
Phone: 248-633-8916
Bloomfield Hills Law Office Map

Get The Legal Help You Need Contact Sterling Employment Law