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What are some signs of age discrimination?

On Behalf of | Feb 9, 2022 | Age Discrimination

Dealing with new changing technologies is tough, but it can become even more frustrating if your workplace continually discriminates based on age.

Learning about some signs of common ways employers treat older workers differently can help you determine what step to take next.

Hostile attitudes

According to the AARP, many older workers may notice comments from bosses that imply that someone above a certain age cannot learn anything new or is not as useful as other employees. This can also include rude comments related to someone’s age or assumptions that older workers do not understand technology.

If this person repeats the idea multiple times in different conversations, then there may be age-related discrimination happening. Assuming a person is less intelligent because of how old they are is a form of discrimination.

Worse treatment

If a boss continually gives better cases or assignments to younger workers while ignoring older workers who volunteer for them, then there may be a bias. You could also notice special training for only younger workers. In some cases, employers may skip over the older workers for promotions in order to promote someone less qualified but younger.

Being forced to retire can also affect your career, since some employers may try to get you to leave the company by pressuring you to take an offered deal and leave.


Leaving older workers out of important meetings or even physically moving your workspaces far away from where most conversations happen are other signs. If the company does that to all the older employees, then they may be trying to make it harder for you to work with them.

Age discrimination can harm your career and cause you intense frustration.