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Language sometimes reveals underlying age discrimination

On Behalf of | Aug 5, 2022 | Age Discrimination |

Minnesotans who believe they are the victims of unlawful discrimination will often have clear incidents and statements in mind bolstering that belief, but in many cases, discrimination can be harder to pinpoint.

Age discrimination is not talked about as frequently as discrimination based on gender, race, national origin, sexual orientation or gender identity. However, some research suggests it is increasingly common.

Language can play a role in age discrimination. Recognizing when certain terms denote discriminatory behavior can be crucial when thinking about a legal claim.

Researchers highlight language that could denote age discrimination

In a recent study, researchers looked at the language employers use when searching for job candidates and how it might exclude older people. Seeing terminology that will indicate they are not right for the job, older people could decide not to bother applying.

Words that signaled that older people would not be a fit related to being physically capable, technologically savvy and having communication abilities. The advertisement might have said something about social media skills and being in excellent physical condition. Older applicants might take that as a sign they should not apply.

The study referenced past research assessing how many older people received callbacks after applying for a job when compared to younger people. One looked at women who had 10 years or less of experience and wanted an entry level job. Those who were under 50 had a 40% higher chance of getting a callback than those over 50.

People are living longer and are healthier than they were in years past. This means they can work longer and adapt to other types of employment. A benefit for them is a better standard of living into their later years before and after they have retired. If, however, they are denied employment due to age, they will not derive these benefits.

If a person suspects age discrimination, seeking advice is imperative

When a person does not get hired for a job they are qualified for and they believe it is due to their age, they have the right to hold the employer accountable. The same is true for people who already have a job and are subjected to inappropriate comments, are stagnating in their position, are denied deserved raises and promotions and face other adverse outcomes.

It can be complicated to file and age discrimination claim and it is important to have professional help. Accruing evidence, showing how the discrimination took place and other key aspects will need to be part of the claim. Calling for a consultation can provide information on what can be done and help with taking the necessary steps.



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