Age Harassment in the workplace

Harassment can include, for example, offensive or derogatory remarks about a person’s age. Although the law doesn’t prohibit simple teasing, offhand comments, or isolated incidents that aren’t very serious, harassment is illegal when it is so frequent or severe that it creates a hostile or offensive work environment or when it results in an adverse employment decision (such as the victim being fired or demoted). The harasser can be the victim’s supervisor, a supervisor in another area, a co-worker, or someone who is not an employee of the employer, such as a client or customer.

The economic consequences of age discrimination can be devastating. An AARP study found that women were more likely than men to have experienced age discrimination.

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Older women become targets when they challenge younger managers in any way.

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The intersection of gender and age discrimination is real. 

Age discrimination against women is compounded when there is an intersection of race, color, nation of origin, and disability.

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