What constitutes age discrimination?

You may experience many different types of discrimination in a Missouri workplace. Sometimes, you may not even be aware that you were discriminated against. If you are treated unfairly due to a specific characteristic you possess, then that is discrimination. One such protected area is age, but age discrimination is not always clear. Not all age ranges are protected under federal law, which can is only part of why it can be a little confusing. It helps to become familiar with the law and the specifics of what constitutes age discrimination, so you can be aware of your own rights.

The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission enforces discrimination laws. It also helps to explain at what age discrimination laws kick in. The law governing this type of discrimination is the Age Discrimination in Employment Act. It offers protection for people who are 40 years old or older against unfair workplace practices. People under the age of 40 are not protected by this law.

In addition, preference can be given to an older worker over a younger worker without breaking the law. However, preference cannot be given to a worker because he or she is younger than another worker. That would be discrimination.In addition, employers cannot use age as a factor when hiring, firing, promoting or making other decisions regarding employment when the worker in question is over the age of 40. Employers also cannot enact rules, polices, procedures or regulations that would negatively impact only workers over 40 years old. This information is only intended to educate and should not be interpreted as legal advice.

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