Regardless of your gender, racial background or age, you deserve to have your rights as an employee respected at your place of work. Sadly, discrimination occurs far too frequently, and it is important to take a look at age discrimination if you are approaching or over the age of 40.
Going over data on age discrimination reveals the characteristics of many victims. Also, these statistics can help serve as a reminder that you are not alone if you have dealt with age discrimination at work.
Age groups and age discrimination charges
The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission published various statistics on age discrimination, including various age groups that filed charges. In 2017, more people between the ages of 55 and 64 filed charges due to alleged age discrimination in violation of the Age Discrimination in Employment Act, according to the EEOC. People in this age group represented 48% of claims in 2017, followed by those between 40 and 54 (37%). Workers 65 and older accounted for 17% of ADEA charges in 2017.
Other age discrimination data
The EEOC reports that in 2017, females accounted for 51% of ADEA charges, while males filed 46% of these charges. In addition, the number of workers over the age of 45 has increased notably in the US civilian labor force since the ADEA took effect 50 years ago.
If you have dealt with unlawful discrimination because of your age, or any other type of unlawful discrimination, you need to have a clear understanding of your legal rights and immediately review options to address what took place.