Michigan workplaces often have a wide variety of employees. The working class is full of all genders, sex, ethnicity, races and ages. Each state has laws in place to protect certain groups from discrimination as well.
Unfortunately, these laws are not always enough to prevent discrimination from happening. Today we will look at workplace discrimination as it takes the form of ageism.
Ageism and sexism
The World Health Organization looks at age discrimination in the average workplace. What is ageism? It is discriminatory actions or behaviors levied against older employees. Often, younger employees treat these older employees as expendable. They often bully them. They claim them to be less skillful, productive, educated or healthy.
Older women face unique discrimination because of the way their sex ties into their age. For example, many older women end up berated for “losing their looks”. Some employers demote women who are “too old” to be the face of a company. Women often find themselves the target of sexual harassment as they age as well. In this case, the harassment often comes in the form of derogatory remarks about looks.
The negative results of ageism
Other older employees face demotion or degradation for similar reasons. For example, an older employee may perform their job well. But employers may believe that a younger employee can do it “faster” or “better”. They may shuffle the older employee around. They may their hours or put them in a less favorable position. In doing so, they attempt to coerce the worker into retiring.
Of course, states have worker protection in place to protect older workers. Those who face discrimination based on age can take action. Through this, they can keep themselves protected and employed.