Finding and retaining work is difficult for any job seeker in today's market, but it can be especially difficult for aging employees. It's unfortunate, but some employers engage in age discrimination. Since age discrimination is against the law, you should be vigilant when it comes to recognizing signs of potential discrimination in your workplace.
Here are three signs to watch for that could indicate you have been a victim of age discrimination.
1. Keep track of the employees that your company is hiring.
The types of employees that your company chooses to hire could provide clues as to whether or not age discrimination is a factor within your workplace. If you notice that only young employees are being hired on while older employees are losing their jobs, then you could have a case for age discrimination.
Be sure to document your observations and discuss them with a qualified attorney, such as one from the Law Office of Faye Riva Cohen, P.C., to determine if age discrimination caused you to lose your job.
2. Take note of any changes in your performance review.
Most companies provide their employees with regular performance reviews. These reviews are designed to offer constructive feedback for the employee, but they can also be used to build evidence against an employee that the company intends to fire.
If your performance hasn't changed but you suddenly start to receive negative feedback during your performance reviews, this could be a sign of age discrimination. Be sure that you keep copies of all of your performance reviews to use as evidence should you and your attorney decide to file a lawsuit against your employer.
3. Track promotions within the company.
Promotions should be awarded to the employee with the most knowledge and skill. If you observe senior staff members within your office being passed over for promotions in favor of younger, less qualified candidates, then you could be witnessing age discrimination in action.
You should track all of the promotions within your company, including the employees eligible for the promotions and their estimated ages. Patterns that emerge involving the consistent promotion of younger employees over senior staff members could provide evidence in a lawsuit that your employer is practicing age discrimination.
You should be able to enjoy the same benefits and opportunities as younger employees within your company. If you feel that age discrimination has cost you a promotion, raise, or even your job, then you should visit with an experienced attorney to determine if you have a case.