What are the limitation of age discrimination laws?

Discrimination in the workplace is something that despite all the laws and hardwork of legislatures still is prevalant. One area that often does not get the attention it deserves is age discrimination. If you are over the age of 40, then it is important to vigilant about how Missouri employers are treating you when it comes to your age. Making sure that you do not become a victim of discrimination simply because of how old you are can be tough, though, due to limitations on discrimination laws.

According to AARP, you need to be aware of some areas where the law may not protect you when it comes to age discrimination. One issue is that the law does not prevent an employer from asking you your age. It also does not offer you any protection if your employer has less than 20 employees. While the law does prohibit mandatory retirement ages, it will not protect you if you are in a certain field, such as aviation or public safety, where mandatory maximum ages are considered legal to promote safety in the workplace. 

Most age discrimination seems to occur during the hiring process according to polls. However, proving discrimination is difficult. In many cases, you may not even know you were not hired due to your age. The Supreme Court has set a very high burden of proof in such cases, as well, which means it is really tough to even prove your case and win in court. This information is only intended to educate and should not be interpreted as legal advice.

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