The U.S. recession has led to much belt-tightening at companies across the country. As the unemployment rate has shown, a lot of that belt-tightening comes in the form of lay-offs and downsizing. Too often, and maybe even unfairly, older workers have been feeling the pinch at an alarming rate. The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC, the government agent that enforces rules banning employment discrimination) recorded a 33 percent increase in the number of age discrimination complaints during the height of the recession.
Older workers are often assumed to have higher pay, be prone to illness, are on the verge of retirement, and even have difficulty learning and executing new skills. These assumptions themselves are tinged with discrimination. Because of these discriminatory beliefs, older workers often find themselves first on a company’s chopping block. These workers may also find it much more difficult to find a new position, even with extensive qualifications, which can also be due to age discrimination.
Discrimination for any reason, including age, is strictly prohibited by the law. If you or a loved one believes that you are a victim of age discrimination or any type of employment discrimination, contact The Law Offices of Larry H. Parker today at (800) 333-0000 or by using the form on your right. We can help you determine the right course of action under the law.