When most people hear the term “millennial,” they automatically envision an entitled young person who possesses little to no real-world skills. However, the oldest millennials will turn 40 this year, which means they are actually reaching the age where they may begin to experience age discrimination. Millennials in New Jersey who experience age discrimination should educate themselves on their rights.
40-year-old men are not likely to face discrimination, but it becomes a scary reality for their female counterparts. Gender discrimination is every bit as dangerous as age discrimination, and it becomes a much harsher reality for females in the workforce. This disparity between men and women in the workforce grows even more by the time job applicants turn 50 years old, according to a recently released study.
The recession’s impact on discrimination
A generational economic crisis has an even more severe impact on age discrimination in the workplace. When the job market begins to dry up, those in a position to hire new employees can discriminate even more blatantly than before. The current economic status in the United States certainly lends itself to discrimination for job applicants entering their 40s.
Assumptions and discrimination
It is possible for employers to act in a discriminatory manager without any malice. Many employers may assume that a woman in her 40s has school-aged children and will need time to provide care for them. While their concerns may come from a good place, if these assumptions influence the hiring process, discrimination is a concern.
Anyone who believes they have been the victim of discrimination in the workplace or from a potential employer may benefit from contacting an attorney who is well-versed in employment law. This attorney can review the claims their client makes and the hiring practices of the company in question to help their client decide on taking their case to court.