People assume that getting and keeping a job is based on factors such as one's qualifications and the ability to network with the right person. Particularly, a person who has been in the workforce for years may see themselves as having a great deal of expertise to contribute. However, these types of individuals are actually very prone to workplace discrimination in Texas. A recent article highlights the value that older workers bring to companies despite the negative stereotypes that are often associated with them -- stereotypes that lead to workplace discrimination based on age.
Older individuals are usually seen as not being very dynamic or as lacking the technology skills and speed that younger job applicants possess. However, many companies are realizing that baby boomers perfect fit their needs. This is noteworthy because many baby boomers are planning to stay in the workforce later in the modern economy.
Surveys reveal that older people believe that they are victims of age discrimination. After all, older workers appear to have lower levels of unemployment in general, but they do have higher levels of long-term unemployment. However, employers are now beginning to view such older workers as being dedicated, possessing credible experience and being able to connect well with older clients at a company.
Federal law prohibits discrimination based on a wide range of protected classes, including not only age but also race and sex. However, some Texas companies still choose to discriminate against older workers during the job hiring or firing processes or even when considering promotions. A person who has experienced age-based workplace discrimination can rightfully file a workplace discrimination claim, and a successfully navigated one may result in remedies such as promotion or even compensation for lost wages or benefits.
Source: Asbury Park Press, Older workers bring wisdom to the workplace, No author, Sept. 23, 2013