Written by Angel Candelario
If you are a worker over 40 you may have experienced age discrimination or know someone who has. Technical communicators are not an exception especially that many of our fellow peers are not independent consultants and prefer to work for an employer.
In the next few minutes, we’re going to look at three crucial topics you MUST know about age discrimination. First, we’re going to talk about the age discrimination in the United States. Next, we’re going to discuss about how to file a discrimination claim. Finally, we’re going to finish up by talking about how to overcome age discrimination.
Age discrimination involves unfair treatment in recruitment, promotions, or granting of privileges for people who are age 40 or older. There are several federal laws and regulations in the United States related to age discrimination, including the Age Discrimination in Employment Act (ADEA). The ADEA applies to employers with 20 or more employees, including state and local governments. It also applies to employment agencies and labor organizations, as well as to the federal government
Age discrimination is a moral issue as well as a personal one for everyone who are age 40 or older. Some hire managers and recruiters consider that the level of compensation for age 40 or older is typically higher than the salaries younger people seek, energy level is presumed to be less than that of a 20’s year-old among other assumptions. Therefore, there is a fine line as it relates to distinguish between a business decisions and prejudice. This greatly limits the chances of any company stay competitive, due to bad decisions and lawsuits due to age discrimination.
If you think that you’ve been discriminated against, here are some ideas for dealing with age discrimination in the workplace:
- You are entitling to filing a charge of age discrimination through the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC). For instructions on how to filing a charge of discrimination go to the following link: http://www.eeoc.gov/employees/charge.cfm
- You may also file a lawsuit in federal court, but you must first exhaust other possible means for a remedy, like filing a charge of discrimination trough EEOC. Sometimes, due to their volume of cases, they cannot adequately investigate every case, and they will issue a “right to sue letter.” This letter is a prerequisite for filing a lawsuit in federal court.
Here are some tips on how to overcome age discrimination:
Resume – limit your experience in your resume up to 15 years. List your other experience without dates in an Expertise or Other Experience category.
Improve your computer skills – with few exceptions, many jobs require a fundamental working knowledge of computer skills. Microsoft Office, Adobe, MadCap Flare software among other are common tools in our industry. Learn how to perform internet research on Google and similar sites. GCF LearnFree.org it’s a great site to learn several technological skills.
Appearance – Stay fit for life, not just for an interview. Don’t get concerned about being overdressed. Even in today’s corporate culture, looking sharp and professional is still important.
Consider a consultancy career – Why not? You will never discriminate against yourself.
For more information please visit the following link:
AARP – Age Discrimination; What Employees need to know