Age discrimination is unfortunately common. According to a piece in AOL Finance, older workers are likely to be the first ones demoted or laid off. You might suspect you are facing discrimination because of your age but are unsure whether you have proof.
It can be sometimes difficult to determine what is illegal discrimination versus harmless decisions or banter from your boss. Below is a list of ways you can prove you are experiencing age discrimination.
1. Getting assigned unpleasant duties
Are you noticing that younger workers always get the best assignments, leads or space in the office? This is a strong sign your supervisor is overlooking you or trying to get you to quit. Favoritism based on age has no place in the workplace.
2. You hear offensive comments or jokes about your age
Sometimes teasing crosses the line. You might hear your boss ask you when you are going to retire or overhear offensive words, like referring to you as "an old fart." If you hear any of these comments, make sure you take note of them, including the date and time they took place. Especially take notes if your manager is saying these things or encouraging them.
3. Your performance reviews are getting worse
Are you suddenly getting poor performance reviews? If you were consistently getting fours and you are getting ones, it could be a sign you are in trouble. This is a common tactic for bosses who want to get rid of older workers. You do not suddenly become a bad worker. Compile evidence of your worsening performance reviews to prove age discrimination.
These are three warning signs you are facing discriminatory treatment because you are older than your co-workers. If you notice any of these things happening to you, make sure you gather evidence. Consider talking to a lawyer and determining whether you should file a claim with the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission.