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What evidence can help you prove workplace age discrimination?

On Behalf of | Aug 10, 2023 | Age discrimination |

While employer age discrimination can be hard to identify initially, eventually, most realize what is happening. Once that happens, victims may consider calling out their employer’s unlawful actions and obtaining justice.

Federal and Michigan discrimination laws can help you remedy your situation, but you bear the burden of proving your case. Learning more about discrimination evidence can help with this burden of proof.

Direct evidence

Widely considered the strongest type of proof in any legal matter, direct evidence clearly shows an employer’s bias toward younger workers. One example of direct evidence is when an employer or manager directly states (out loud or in writing) that they intend to phase out older employees.

Unfortunately, direct evidence can be hard to obtain in discrimination cases, but other forms of evidence may help you prove your case.

Circumstantial evidence

Contrary to popular belief, circumstantial evidence can help age discrimination victims, especially if there is much such evidence. An example of circumstantial evidence is showing that your boss imposes requirements for older workers that are out of reach for any age group.

Many victims discount circumstantial evidence, but enough it may show that your employers routinely mistreat aging employees.

Just a little evidence can go a long way

It is important to note that you may not need to gather all forms of evidence to prove your case. Your legal team can build on what evidence you have to uncover the habitual mistreatment of older employees.

The more legal knowledge you possess, the better your odds of identifying and proving workplace age discrimination. Legal guidance can help you protect your future interests.


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