Discrimination is not always easy to spot. You may feel slighted in some situations, but it might not meet the legal criteria of discrimination.
When it comes to age discrimination, it can be even more difficult to define what this encompasses. You may not even realize some of the situations that constitute discriminatory acts. AARP explains that you want to be aware of the subtle things co-workers or managers may do that are actually signs of age-related biases that lead to discriminatory practices.
Sometimes the words and phrases people use reveal a bias they have. These people may not be aware that what they say is a clear indication of discriminatory attitudes. Comments about hiring someone young or fresh often indicate an employer is looking for people who are not above a certain age. Even saying they want to hire a recent graduate is discriminatory and indicates an age bias.
Jokes or other remarks about your age may also be discrimination. If they happen often and make your work environment hostile, then it is a concern. The thing with comments is they will eventually lead to actions that could lead to discrimination against you.
Employers may also make assumptions about your abilities because of your age. Not giving you certain projects or promotions because they feel you cannot do them due to your age is discrimination. Thinking someone is not as tech-savvy or is unable to learn a new system is also a discriminatory practice.
While it is normal for people to gravitate towards those who they share likes and interests with, clear segregation based on age in your workplace or among relationships is a warning sign. If the younger crowd is always together, even outside work, it could lead to discriminatory practices at work, especially if management is part of the group.
These subtle signs may not be obvious at first, but if you know what to watch for, it can be easier to spot them.