As an employee works for a company longer and gains more experience, you may think an employer should value them and their expertise more. Unfortunately, as many employees get older, they begin to experience different types of mistreatment at work due to age discrimination.
Many companies try to keep their workforces younger to pay less in salaries and to demand longer hours, among other reasons. This all too often results in discrimination against workers who are getting older and they may experience adverse employment actions and even termination. Fortunately, Nevada state law prevents discrimination on the basis of an employee’s age, as does the federal Age Discrimination in Employment Act (ADEA).
While the law does protect employees over the age of 40 from discrimination and harassment, many employees continue to experience such unfair treatment at work – simply because they are getting older. If you have experienced any type of age discrimination or a hostile work environment, please call the Las Vegas office HKM Employment Attorneys as soon as possible.
Your Rights in a Hostile Work Environment
Age discrimination can take many forms, one of which is unlawful harassment. While an isolated comment about your increasing age may be bothersome, it does not constitute actionable harassment under the law. In order for you to have legal rights against harassment, the comments or acts against you must be intimidating, offensive, or pervasive enough to create a hostile work environment for you.
A hostile work environment can be very emotional disturbing and often leads victims to leave their jobs. It is important to know that you have rights as the victim in this type of situation:
- The right to report the harassment – You have the right to complain of harassment to your employer without fear of retaliation. If your employer subjects you to any additional mistreatment or adverse employment actions because you complained of a hostile work environment, it constitutes unlawful discrimination.
- The right to expect action from your employer – If you report the harassment, your employer should take any steps needed to address the situation and end the hostile work environment.
- The right to seek compensation – If your employer fails to properly address the matter and the harassment continues, you have the right to take legal action against the company. You can seek lost wages if you had to miss work or quit your job, as well as damages for emotional distress and other losses.
Contact Our Experienced Las Vegas Age Discrimination Attorneys Today
Employees over the age of 40 should never have to endure harassment or discrimination simply due to the natural and inevitable aging process. At the office of HKM Employment Attorneys in Las Vegas, we have witnessed how age discrimination can take a toll on your finances, career prospects, and life in general. Our employment lawyers are here to protect your rights against discrimination and the sooner you call, the sooner we can begin taking action for you. Contact our Nevada office online or call at 702-625-3893 for more information today.