Age Discrimination

Many times, in a number of different situations, this factor is used to measure a person's intelligence and competency. Whether it's been too young or too old, others sometimes step outside legal bounds and use this factor against them. While sometimes it's a necessity, a lot of other times it is unfair, against the law, and a violation of one's civil rights according to the 1967 age discrimination act.

age discrimination occurs in a number of different areas such as:

  • The workplace
  • School
  • Applying for loans/credit
  • Miscellaneous Daily Tasks

A common misconception is that age discrimination employment only happens because they are above a certain age. However, it goes both ways and workplace discrimination can happen if they are below a certain age. For example, a young individual may be denied a job or treated unfairly at the workplace simply because others view them as too young to know how to get the job done properly. Or maybe the person did get the job and was wrongfully terminated based on there age. This is a violation of that person's civil rights and prevents them from a fair economic opportunity.

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On the other hand, if the person was very young - say thirteen years old - and was turned down a job, this would not be a case of discrimination because one must be of the legal age to be employed in the United States.

Older people experience discrimination as well. The elderly, for example, are usually viewed by some younger individuals as incompetent and as if they don't know what's going on, even though they are perfectly coherent and capable of getting things done. This can affect a number of aspects in an elderly person's life. Even those who are older and over a certain age yet are not considered to be elderly may still experience discrimination from those younger than them. This can occur in a number of different places and situations, but the most common place for this to occur is at the place of employment. Unfortunately, older individuals are sometimes judged only on this one factor alone. No one should be treated unfairly simply because they are older than others! If you or someone you know is experiencing workplace discrimination cases, contact a Civil Rights lawyer today.

Are you or someone you know suffering from age discrimination in the work place or in society? Contact a Civil Rights lawyer today.