Congratulations if you’re a relatively seasoned (translated, “older”) professional working within the tech industry. You are a member of what is unquestionably one of America’s most vibrant, cutting-edge and exponentially expanding work realms.
Even if you’re prospering, though, do you sometimes feel like you are competing on an adversely tilted playing field?
Put another way: Do your instincts pulsate with a certainty that younger workers are generally perceived in a more favorable light than you by company principals and managers? And are those instincts often borne out by disparate treatment you know you receive solely because you are older than many other industry peers?
IT positions: “Age discrimination across the board”
That above header quote comes courtesy of one high-tech insider. Candidly, it is echoed by scores of other commentators who say they routinely see evidence of discriminatory behaviors targeting older tech workers.
“Older” in the tech world can be a somewhat misleading term, given the industry’s heavy presence of youthful entrepreneurs and startup players. Legions of people still considered young in other contexts are routinely deemed dated and, as one national article on tech-linked age discrimination underscores, regarded as averse to new learning and not “digitally savvy.”
On-the-job age bias is a widespread and growing reality
Notwithstanding the growing clamor surrounding the unethical and unlawful treatment doled out to older workers in the IT world, the phenomenon of age discrimination is far from a narrowly focused scourge.
Consider this: the federal Equal Employment Opportunity Commission reportedly received more than 23,000 age-bias complaints from American workers in a single year. And that was a decade ago, well before discrimination charges began to balloon in many new industries gaining traction.
And there is this too: It is certainly the case that high numbers of older workers facing discrimination at work are simply too afraid to even speak out. Their reticence unquestionably dampens the “real” numbers concerning discrimination aimed at older workers.
Although mature employees who are being unfairly treated at the workplace are clearly victimized, they are far from powerless. A host of strong federal and state laws safeguard their legal rights and interests, allowing them to spotlight accountability and pursue meaningful remedies marked by maximum compensation.
An attorney with a proven record of advocacy on behalf of workers can provide further information and diligent representation in any employment dispute.