As more older people around the country -- and here in Texas -- remain in good health for longer, they are remaining in the workforce longer as well. At the same time, there are younger, and supposedly more energetic and qualified people, coming into the workforce. There is an often unsubstantiated belief that younger workers will be better at their jobs than those who are seen as approaching retirement age. In some cases, this means that older employees could become the target of age discrimination.
A former nurse recently filed a lawsuit against her former employers, alleging that she was forced out of her position based on her age. She claims that she received favorable performance reviews during the course of her 27-year career until her supervisors began to discriminate against her based on her age. She goes on to assert that she was not the only one who experienced the same thing prior to her termination.