There are more and more baby boomers staying active in the workforce, well into what was previously assumed to be retirement age. According to the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC), one unanticipated side effect of this trend has been an increase in age-based harassment complaints.
It seems as though there is a rash of adult-bullies out there who are using age to taunt and ridicule the wisest among our population. Instead of embracing and valuing what a diversity of ages brings to the workforce, many older adults often experience being pushed out or stay in very negative and toxic environments.
The Age Discrimination in Employment Act protects anyone over 40 years of age from discrimination in any employment practice. There are things you can do to protect and advocate for yourself in this position. You can go to your supervisors, but there is always a risk of retaliation although it is illegal for them to do so. You should begin to document specifics of each incident of harassment. And you have the option to file a charge with the EEOC, to see details click here.
To see AARP’s article on this subject, click below: