Age discrimination in the workplace is illegal, but that does not mean it does not exist. This form of workplace discrimination is not always as easy to spot as things like gender and racial discrimination. Many younger workers in California might even be under the impression that age discrimination is a thing of the past. Sadly, it is a real problem for many older workers, both those who are currently employed and who are actively seeking work.
The Associated Press-NORC Center for Public Affairs Research recently conducted a poll about Americans' beliefs regarding age discrimination. Of respondents younger than 45, 43% said they thought older U.S. workers were often or always subjected to discrimination. That percentage jumped to 60% for those over the age of 60. Another statistic from a different study states that 65% of adults between the age of 45 and 59 believe that looking for work is harder because of their age. Being passed over for raises and promotions is also a significant age-related problem for this group.
While on-the-job discrimination is a serious issue, landing a job in the first place can be Herculean task. It can be difficult to demonstrate hiring discrimination based on age, even when large groups of older workers report similar experiences. One survey found that of women over the age of 45, 75% said their age affected their ability to find work. Some even struggle with being hired and then quickly let go, only to be replaced by a younger employee who can be compensated for less.
California victims of workplace discrimination suffer more than just financial damages. The emotional toll of being on the receiving end of discrimination can be quite severe, and many victims may end up feeling hopeless and unsure of where to turn. While this can be an extremely difficult situation to be in, some people who have been victims of age discrimination have found that pursuing a workplace discrimination suit can be helpful for securing compensation for both financial and emotional damages.