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Recognizing and preventing age discrimination

One issue that most people do not think about until they become victims of it is age discrimination. Employers in Fort Lauderdale have the right to recruit and hire candidates who match their specifications, but does that mean they can overlook older workers? Technically, and legally, they cannot. Federal law provides workers protection against age discrimination and other unethical/unlawful actions. 

Though the days when age-based employment ads were mainstream are gone, some employers still manage to discriminate against the older workforce, such as using experience requirements to screen out older candidates. Growing older is an inescapable part of living. Though you cannot do much to stop it, there are ways you can protect yourself from age discrimination in the workplace

Keep documentation 

A common problem that many employees encounter when leveraging harassment and discrimination allegations is a lack of proof. You need more than your word to prove when an employer is out of line and acting unlawfully. Keep documentation on all incidents you feel highlight your employer’s wrongful treatment towards you, such as offensive jokes, remarks, posters, email messages and actions. 

Update your skills 

One concern older workers have is becoming obsolete due to younger employees and technology. Most employers are always on the lookout for fresh talent. Take classes and participate in activities that boost your skills and marketability. By staying up-to-date on industry practices and policies, you can make yourself more relevant to current and future employers. 

Proving age discrimination is not easy. Workers who know their worth and rights are better equipped to deal with it. For many, with age comes wisdom and maturity. Getting old is not easy and can present unique challenges for employees and job candidates over the age of 40. The right strategies, skills and professional guidance can help older people rise above adverse working conditions and receive the compensation they deserve from employers who violate federal law.

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