Age Discrimination

Florida Employees Are Protected Against Age Discrimination


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How Am I Protected Against Age Discrimination in Work Situations

The Age Discrimination in Employment Act (ADEA) prohibits discrimination based on age in any aspect of employment, including:

  • hiring
  • firing
  • pay
  • job assignments
  • promotions
  • layoff
  • training
  • benefits, and
  • any other term or condition of employment.

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Age Discrimination & Harassment

Additionally, it is unlawful to harass a person because of their age. Harassment can include, for example, offensive or derogatory remarks about a person’s age. Although the law does not impose a civility code in the workplace, and thus, doesn’t prohibit simple teasing, offhand comments, or isolated incidents that aren’t very serious.

Senior female employee who was terminated because of age discrimination in Florida

However, harassment based on age is still 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, demoted, or subjected to some other wrongful act.

An employment policy or practice that applies to everyone, regardless of age, can be illegal if it has a negative impact on applicants or employees age 40 or older and is not based on a reasonable factor other than age.

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.