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How do you identify ageism at your workplace?

On Behalf of | Aug 26, 2021 | Employment Law |

As an employer, you try to keep the peace at your place of work, maintaining an environment that everyone can feel safe in. After all, a good environment equates to happier and more productive workers and fewer problems for everyone.

But unfortunately, even the strongest management cannot catch every single instance of harassment or discrimination that may occur between employees. Still, knowing what to identify and keeping an eye out for it can help you reduce the lasting damage these incidents may have.

Protections from age discrimination

Ageism and age-based discrimination is on the rise in workplaces across the country lately, especially as more millennials hit the point where they can seek protection under the Age Discrimination in Employment Act. The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission examines the presence of age discrimination among employees and even management, which can manifest in several ways.

Discrimination among management and workers

First, the denial of raises or promotions based on age rather than skills or time on the job. This is an issue among the management that you need to keep an eye out for, because you may not even notice that it is happening at first. Before you pass over an employee, ensure that you really examine the reasons for doing so.

Among your workers, you can often detect age discrimination based on the comments employees make or the way they treat their peers. For example, they may refuse to allow certain older workers to participate in projects due to age, or make derogatory remarks about their physical health to dissuade them from making efforts at advancing.

If you notice any of these issues arising, you should take quick action to nip it in the bud before it blooms into a bigger and more encompassing company-wide issue.