In some cases, older employees are often viewed as having more wisdom and experience than their younger counterparts. However, older age can also make one vulnerable to age discrimination, which is illegal in Texas and other states. Fortunately, victims of this type of workplace discrimination have the right to take legal action.
According to the Age Discrimination in Employment Act of 1967, employers cannot take action against a worker simply due to his or her age. This includes terminating the employee. Unfortunately, it is not uncommon for employers to discriminate against workers simply because they are older.
In some situations, employers may claim that elderly employees could no longer fulfill the requirements of their jobs due to their older age. For instance, they may assert that the older worker's rate of errors had increased recently. The reality in many cases is that employers simply wish to quit paying the higher salaries that senior workers often receive. These companies aim to instead hire younger workers who are willing to accept lower wages.
Employees in Texas who have faced age discrimination either on the job or even in the hiring process may opt to explore all of their legal options, which may include filing a workplace discrimination claim against the employer that allowed the discrimination to take place. Understanding what facts must be proved will likely be essential to succeed in this type of case. Monetary relief and even a promotion are a couple of remedies that may result from a successfully litigated lawsuit depending on the nature of the circumstances involved.