Life Begins at 40 if You Challenge Age Discrimination in Your Workplace

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How To Deal With Age Discrimination in the Workplace

Your years and experience should stand in your favor if you are over 40—unless you are the victim of discrimination at work based on your age.

Ageism and discrimination against older employees can cause harm to both you as an employee and the company you work for. You lose confidence, and your employer loses your valuable experience and know-how.

DoNotPay is committed to helping you fight age discrimination at work. In this article, we will present everything you need to know!

What Is Age Discrimination?

Age discrimination refers to treating someone differently at work because they are over 40.

Anti-discrimination laws forbid companies from discriminating against you if you are 40 or over and address practices such as:

  • Hiring younger employees
  • Firing or constructive dismissal after a certain age
  • Limiting promotion opportunities
  • Linking remuneration to age
  • Disbarring older employees from certain types of work without good cause

The laws also cover harassment due to age, as long as the harassment can be proven to go beyond banter, occasional comments, or isolated incidents.

The specific age discrimination laws in the U.S. are:

  1. Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964
  2. Age Discrimination in Employment Act of 1967

Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964

This law is the basis of all anti-discrimination legislation, covering:

Under the terms of Title VII, any company with 15 or more employees is bound to abide by the law against discrimination. A landmark case in 2012 led to Title VII being extended to cover LGBTQ+ discrimination.

Age Discrimination in Employment Act of 1967 (ADEA)

The ADEA goes slightly further than the Civil Rights Act and stipulates that employees over 40 must not be discriminated against in the workplace.

Despite these two federal laws, age discrimination in the workplace is still widespread in the U.S. The laws are clear and comprehensive but can only be enforced if there is enough evidence to prove a case of discrimination.

How Can I Prove I Am a Victim of Age Discrimination?

If you are an employee over 40 and feel you are disadvantaged due to your age, you need to start collecting evidence.

Here’s what you can do:



Keep recordsYou need a written record of every time you feel you have been discriminated against due to your age. This should include:
  • When the incident occurred
  • What happened
  • Who was involved
  • Who witnessed the occurrence
Check your company age policyYour company should have a written policy stating that it does not condone or practice age discrimination. This is useful ammunition for you
Report ageism to the HR departmentYou should report every incident of age-related discrimination to the HR department. Another option is to talk to your supervisor unless he or she is implicated in the discriminatory actions
Insist on formal records of your complaintsIf the HR department or your supervisor try to downplay your reports, you should insist on a written record being made of each complaint

The best-case scenario is that the company takes your case seriously and resolves the matter to your satisfaction.

If that doesn’t happen, you will have to escalate the grievance to the next level.

Who Will Help Fight My Case if I’m a Victim of Age Discrimination at Work?

The agency tasked with combating discrimination in the workplace is the Equal Employment Opportunities Commission (EEOC).

If you feel you are a victim of age discrimination, your first step—after trying to resolve the situation internally—is to file a complaint with the EEOC. They will investigate your allegation and, if they find enough evidence, instigate legal proceedings against your company.

Any complaint you have must go through this authority. The two laws listed above make it impossible for you to approach a lawyer and launch a case without having first filed a charge of discrimination with the EEOC.

You have an ally, though. DoNotPay is here to in a few clicks!

What Can DoNotPay Do To Help Me File a Complaint?

We can make the process of lodging a complaint with the EEOC quick and easy—here is what you need to do:

  1. Navigate to DoNotPay in your web browser and
  2. Look for our Fight Workplace Discrimination product
  3. Give us the details of the discrimination you have suffered

We can take over from there—we will file your complaint with the nearest EEOC office, and their investigation can begin.

Is It Worth Complaining About Age Discrimination?

Companies that discriminate against employees over 40 are breaking the law and need to be called out—with legal action if necessary.

If your complaint is upheld, you could also stand to receive:

  • Lost back pay and future pay compensation
  • Reimbursement of lost benefits
  • Damages for emotional distress
  • Punitive damages

Discrimination in any form should be brought to light—DoNotPay is here to help you win your case!

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