Boeing Co. has been accused of age discrimination by an engineers union. The age discrimination claims were filed on a recent Thursday, and they claim that Boeing has been conducting a wide-sweeping ouster of its older workforce. Although this lawsuit was filed in another state, age discrimination is very common in Florida -- a state that is home to many older and semi-retired workers.
Florida workplace discrimination claims arise out of many different circumstances and scenarios. Some relate to race discrimination, some relate to sex discrimination and others are caused by age discrimination. At this time in the United States, baby boomers have caused the senior workforce population to grow considerably. As a result, age-related workplace discrimination may become a bigger and bigger problem in years to come.
Former police officers in another state recently won a sizable discrimination case against the city that once employed them. The ex-police officers sued their former municipal employer, citing workplace discrimination relating to their age. The city must now pay the group of 29 ex-officers $1.5 million, which will be divided among them. Age-related discrimination is a problem in every part of the United States, including Florida. By complaining to lawmakers and filing appropriate lawsuits for age discrimination, the public can bring more awareness to this issue.
Asking the average American when he or she plans to retire may bring strikingly different answers depending on if the question was asked today or 20 years ago. In fact, on average, retirees in the United States stop working at the age of 61. This demonstrates a considerable increase from the 2003 figure of 59. In 1993, the average retirement age was 57. Still, even in cases where someone does not wish to retire, he or she could be forced out of the job as a result of age-related workplace discrimination.
Older workers are finding it harder to hang on to their jobs. Employers are finding creative ways to weed out more mature employees in favor of younger, more affordable talent. This kind of discrimination takes place in the state of Florida, as well as the rest of the United States. In the event that an employer allegedly violates the laws which protect citizens from age discrimination, a victim may be able to file a civil lawsuit to seek financial restitution.
In Florida, and throughout the country, one type of discrimination that is outlawed in employment is age discrimination. Age discrimination takes place when a job applicant or an employee receives unfavorable treatment because of his or her age. The Age Discrimination in Employment Act specifically prohibits employers from discriminating against workers who are 40 or older. Unfortunately, this still does sometimes occur, but when it does employees do have the right to pursue legal action.
Older job seekers in the Broward County area may have noticed that their age is affecting their chances of gaining employment. In fact, a report issued recently by the Government Accountability Office has suggested that age discrimination is a serious obstacle for many unemployed people in Miami and throughout the country.
When many in South Florida think of workplace discrimination, they immediately think of employees being unfairly treated on the basis of their race, ethnicity, religion or sex. However, employees are sometimes discriminated against in the workplace on other unfair grounds. One of these is age.