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How to report age discrimination at work

Since 1990, men have filed more than twice as many age discrimination complaints to the EEOC as women. However, since 2010, women in New York and throughout the country have filed more age discrimination complaints on an annual basis. While there are various theories as to why this is the case, there are steps that workers can take if they believe they have been the victims of ageism.

For instance, it may be worthwhile for a person to have a discussion with a department or project manager about why he or she is being ignored. In some cases, leadership within a department or within a given project may see their hidden bias and work harder to include that individual going forward. If that doesn't work, the next step is to file a complaint with the company itself. In the event that HR or anyone else within the company isn't willing to help, an individual can then file a formal charge with the EEOC.

The Age Discrimination in Employment Act applies to those who are 40 and older. Those who want to file a charge must do so within 180 days of a potentially illegal incident occurring. If an individual is retaliated against for filing a charge, it may be possible to file another charge against an employer.

There are many ways in which discrimination in the workplace may harm an employee. For instance, it may deny a worker the chance to earn a promotion or learn skills to get that promotion. It may also cause an individual to stop pursuing a career path or stop working entirely, creating a gap in his or her work history. An attorney may be able to help a worker obtain a favorable outcome in a discrimination case.

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