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Older workers may struggle in the modern workplace

Much of the American workforce is over the age of 50. Statistics indicate that as many as 35% of employees are in this particular age bracket. People are living longer, healthier lives, and retirement is expensive, so more people are choosing to remain in the workplace longer. One of the challenges that many older workers face is a specific type of discrimination.

Age discrimination is a type of mistreatment that older workers can experience in various aspects of their employment. This, like other types of discrimination, is illegal, yet it remains a problem. Unfortunately, the people who are most likely to experience this type of discrimination are less likely to speak up when treated poorly by their employers or their coworkers.

More common than you think

If you experienced age discrimination in your Colorado workplace, you may feel alone, embarrassed and unsure of what to do next. The truth is that you are not alone, and many workers age 50 and up have dealt with uncomfortable and illegal treatment in their places of work. Consider the following:

  • One in four workers age 45 and up say they've heard negative comments from their employer regarding their age.
  • Almost 80% of older workers say their age is a hurdle when trying to find new employment or advance in the workplace.
  • A significant number of older workers feel pushed out of their current jobs, and many of them say they are not able to find a job that pays them as much after that.
  • Three in every five older employees say they've experienced age discrimination first-hand or they've witnessed it happening to someone else.

This type of discrimination is much more than just an inconvenience or frustrating thing to experience. When an older individual is unable to work, it can directly impact retirement, long-term savings, planning for the future, and even a person's emotional and mental health.

What can you do?

Fortunately, there are options available to you if you experience age discrimination in the workplace. You do not have to stay silent, but you can speak out about the treatment you experienced. In some cases, victims of age discrimination have grounds to pursue compensation through a lawsuit. The civil justice system allows individuals who experience unfair and illegal treatment in the workplace to fight for justice and hold the appropriate parties accountable for a hostile work environment.

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