Examples of age discrimination include:
- Firing or not hiring an employee because of age
An employee cannot be fired because of his or her age. This is discrimination under Federal and New Jersey law.
- Facing harassment or cruel behavior because of age
Harassment is illegal when it is so frequent or severe that it creates a hostile work environment for an employee. Employers, managers, and supervisors cannot harass employees for any reason, including the employee’s age. This is unlawful and wrong.
- Getting turned down for promotions or opportunities due to age
Employers cannot turn down employees for job opportunities or promotions solely because of the employee’s age. Employees should be given similar opportunities regardless of how old they are.
This list is by no means exhaustive. Even though it is illegal, older employees face discrimination in the workplace because of their age. However, the State of New Jersey provides protections against this type of discrimination.