Co-workers may hear euphemisms or code words for a bias against older employees such as being called a “dinosaur,” calls for “new blood,” direct references to the age of employee, or “witty” remarks about how computers might not have existed when the employee was young.
Under federal law, it is possible to be subjected to age discrimination if you are an employee over the age of 40. New York State Human Rights Law has no age limitation. This means that you could possibly be discriminated against by an employer because you are too young. Still, the more common age discrimination case is one where an older employee is given less desirous jobs or even laid off. This could be because older employees tend to have more longevity and therefore higher salaries and more substantial benefit packages, raising overhead. If you feel you’ve been a victim of age discrimination at work, call Lindy Korn.