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Video:What Is Age Discrimination?

with MacKenzie Lawyer Davies

Age discrimination is illegal in the workplace, though you may not know how to recognize age discrimination when it occurs. Watch video form About.com to learn what to do if you feel that you are being discriminated against for your age.See Transcript

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Transcript:What Is Age Discrimination?

I'm MacKenzie Lawyer Davies, and in this video, we'll discuss age discrimination.

Age Discrimination is Illegal

Age discrimination is when an employee or applicant is treated less favorably because of age.

The Age Discrimination in Employment Act(ADEA) protects worker 40 years of age and over.  This law protects against discrimination in all parts of employment including:  hiring, raises, promotions, job assignments, trainings, layoffs, benefits, and any other conditions of employment.  

It is also against this law to harass a person about their age.  Minor teasing or isolated incidents are not considered harassment according to this law. Frequent and severe remarks that create a hostile or offensive work environment, or produce some kind of negative employment consequence, such as a demotion or firing, qualify as harassment. 

This isn’t limited to the relationship between a supervisor and their employee. Harassment can also occur between the victim and another supervisor, a co-worker, or even a client or customer.

How to File a Claim for Age Discrimination

If you feel like you have been discriminated against you may file a claim of discrimination with the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC). 

Someone else may file on your behalf but it is illegal for your employer to retaliate against you for filing a claim. 

When you file you’ll need to provide your information about your employer and you’ll need to describe the incidents and dates of the offenses.   If you and your employer can talk it out, mediation can be an alternative way to resolve the conflict.    

Age Discrimination Claims Require Investigation

After you file the claim, the investigation will begin. Depending on the severity of the details you provided it may be moved to a higher priority investigation.  The EEOC may visit your work, conduct interviews, and review documents in order to resolve the claim. 

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