The majority of workplaces benefit from having a workforce made up of people from all walks of life. Different people with various skills and outlooks can offer a variety of commercial benefits. For example, a new employee may offer a fresh perspective as well as admirable enthusiasm. On the other hand, a more experienced employee could offer the composure and leadership needed to pull co-workers through a difficult situation.
Whatever your background, you are entitled to work in an environment that is free from hostility and discrimination. Sadly, this is not always how things pan out in reality. Older workers often face the brunt of discriminatory practices. Thus, it is important to know how to protect yourself as an older worker.
Were you disciplined because of your age?
Sometimes, employers can be blatant in their prejudicial behaviors. If you have faced disciplinary measures or even been fired based on your age, this could be discrimination. It is important to note that you must be able to prove that age was the sole reason for your employer’s behavior. For example, if you have engaged in unprofessional practices, such as arriving late on a repeated basis, your argument of discrimination could fall flat.
Are you being overlooked because of your age?
Often, discriminatory practices are more subtle in nature. Occasionally, bias may manifest itself in the form of “jokes” or offensive comments. Perhaps you have had your eyes on a promotion for an extended period, but have been passed over by a younger person with less experience. As long as you have the ability to carry out the demands of a job, there is no reason why you should not be considered simply because of your age.
As an older worker in California, you are protected from discrimination. You also have a legal right to fair access to employment. If you feel that you have been discriminated against, there might be legal options available to you.