Minnesota residents and most people across the country probably realize that the times are changing fast. Technology seems to be advancing at an exponential rate, while the job skills of yesteryear are becoming less of a need for employers. For older employees in Minnesota, this could present quite a dilemma, especially if they are facing age discrimination in the workplace.
Many employers are in business for one purpose: maximum profit. If that means that the product or services that they are selling are a hot commodity, that’s great. But, employers will also analyze their methods of production, and that can include which employees they want to employ, and how much they need to pay them. If a younger, similarly-skilled employee might be available, older employees who have been with the company for years might see their prospects for continued employment dwindle.
Fortunately, there are laws in place that protect workers in Minnesota and throughout the country against age discrimination in the workplace. Older employees, particularly those who are over the age of 40, are protected from age-based harassment, such as comments or “jokes” based on the workers’ age. They are also protected from discrimination when it comes time for a promotion or, on the other end of the spectrum, potential lay-offs.
At our law firm, we work with our clients who are facing age discrimination in workplaces in Minnesota. Discrimination of any kind in the workplace is unacceptable, and when workers face age discrimination we work to hold the employer accountable. For more information, please visit the age discrimination section of our law firm’s website.