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Your age shouldn't count you out of your job

Age discrimination is illegal, but sadly, some Rhode Island workers may find that they experience this type of treatment from an employer. Your age should not preclude you from a certain type of employment or continuing with the job you already have, but it may be necessary to fight to protect your interests. If you believe that you are the victim of age discrimination, you do not have to stand for it.

Victims of any type of discrimination or harassment in the workplace may feel helpless and hopeless regarding their situations. However, you have the right to seek help and fight back. No matter how old you are, you are more than just a number and should be treated as such.

What counts as age discrimination?

You may be the victim of age discrimination if you experienced unfair treatment on the basis of your age. If you were passed over for a deserved promotion, fired or not hired on the basis of how old you are, you could have grounds to move forward with legal action. According to the Age Discrimination in Employment Act, it is illegal to discriminate against a person over the age of 40.

What you need to know about age discrimination

You may be unsure if what you experienced is actually age discrimination or what you should do next. It could be helpful to understand the following about age discrimination:

  • The law strictly prohibits any discrimination on the basis of a person's gender, religion, sexuality, age and other factors.
  • Your employer cannot evaluate you for a promotion or any other aspect of your job on the basis of your age.
  • It is also illegal to make derogatory comments or offensive remarks about a person's age.

If you are a victim of age discrimination, you have the right to pursue a legal remedy to your situation. You can hold your employer or other parties accountable for the treatment you experienced and the negative consequences that resulted from it.

Even after reporting age discrimination, you may find that it is necessary to seek legal support in order to make sure that the right people take your claim seriously. You have the right to fight for your interests and hold responsible parties accountable for what you experienced. This type of treatment is not acceptable, but you do not have to suffer through it alone. With help, you can push back and assert your rights as a capable employee.

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