When you go to work, you are not thinking about your age and how it could possibly affect your ability to do your job. You simply go to work and do what you’re supposed to do. You may be older than some of your co-workers, or maybe you’ve been with your employer for decades, but you are no less valuable because of those things.
Unfortunately, older Colorado employees sometimes have to fight for their rights in the workplace. Despite state and federal laws in place that prevent it, age discrimination is still a problem that affects many. If you believe you are a victim, you may be unsure of how to react and move forward, and you may fear repercussions if you speak out. You do not have to face this unfortunate situation alone.
The laws that protect you
One specific federal law that protects your interests is the Age Discrimination in Employment Act. This act outlines certain types of things employers cannot do when dealing with older employees. Some of the provisions specifically included in the ADEA are:
- Employers cannot use a person’s age to justify discriminatory treatment at any stage of the employment process, including hiring, firing, promoting and more.
- Employers cannot list age as a requirement in a job posting unless it is a genuine and legitimate prerequisite for the tasks required.
- Employers cannot reduce the benefits of older employers, including health insurance and life insurance.
- Employers cannot discriminate against older employees when downsizing, and they cannot force an older employee to take early retirement.
In addition to these things, the ADEA also protects you from additional discrimination and mistreatment in the event you file a claim against your employer. Violating this act is serious, and victims who experience age discrimination have the right to move forward with the pursuit of legal recourse, including seeking financial compensation.
Do you have a case?
You may feel unsure whether you have a case, but you suspect you are a victim of age discrimination in your workplace. You do not have to deal with this situation on your own, and you may find it beneficial to work with an experienced employment law attorney.
An assessment of your case can determine the legal options available to you and identify the most appropriate way to move forward. Instead of suffering in silence, don’t hesitate to learn more about the ways you can protect your rights as an older employee.