Do older adults see more age-related workplace discrimination?

Texas readers know that older Americans may face age-related workplace discrimination. Financial options during retirement are a big problem for many Americans. It can be difficult to determine how Social Security, pension funds and other income sources can sustain an individual through retirement. Workplace discrimination against older employees and how this can affect retirement has become a common subject in the legal field.

Many Americans, including Texas residents, assume that they will work past retirement. Others who may plan on retirement will attempt to find partial employment in their later years. There are many factors that go into the decision to retire, but some older workers find that they are laid off before they wish to retire.

Some workers of an advanced age find that they are susceptible to be let go if their employers have financial struggles. Many older workers find that they still need money, yet many places are reluctant to hire a person so close to retirement age. This is a type of discrimination if the person is denied a job for which he or she is qualified and able to perform. It also amounts to discrimination if they are fired without proper legal grounds.

If any older worker finds that he or she is laid off and suspects that it could be related to age, it is important to seek assistance to handle the situation. Age-related discrimination is illegal in any form and victims do not have to suffer alone. These incidents could have a long-term financial impact on any worker, especially those who are past or approaching retirement age.

Source: The New York Times, The Gray Jobs Enigma, Steven Greenhouse, March 12, 2014