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Ageism is not going away

Workers in Massachusetts and throughout the country are generally protected against age discrimination. However, this doesn't mean that employers don't factor in age when deciding who to keep or terminate. Recent lawsuits against companies such as Citibank and IBM show that even large companies are not immune to this practice. One man tried to change his legal age from 69 to 49, citing age discrimination as one of his motivations for doing so.

According to data from the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC), age discrimination complaints have double among some minority groups. These groups include women, African-Americans and those who are over the age of 65. The individuals in these cases are generally receiving low wages for their labor. However, the case against Citibank involves an executive who was making $1.24 million at the time that he was let go.

Roughly 10,000 people per day are turning 65, and many of these individuals still have a desire to work. Companies are encouraged to create programs aimed at including older individuals as opposed to trying to push them out. Furthermore, such programs may work to help older individuals work alongside their younger counterparts and vice versa. Otherwise, companies may continue to regularly be hit with age discrimination lawsuits.

Workers who feel as if their age was the primary reason for a negative employment decision may wish to seek the help of Boston, Massachusetts, employee discrimination attorneys. However, individuals may choose to resolve the issue with their employers on their own. If that doesn't work, a lawyer may represent an individual in court or during mediation sessions. If successful, a person may be entitled to compensation in the form of back pay and other damages that may be allowed under state or federal law.

Source: Forbes, "Citibank, IBM, IKEA: Age Discrimination Lawsuits On The Rise," Sheila Callaham, March 27, 2019

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