With discrimination claims continuing to rise as aging employees are claiming unlawful termination of employment, employers are taking a long look at their policies and training programs.
Preventing age discrimination in the workplace requires not only that strong HR policies and training programs are in place but also that employees know and understand the rules, particularly in these continually troubled economic times.
“We’re seeing an increase in age discrimination claims because of the volume of reductions in force that are occurring throughout the country,” said Janine Yancey, HR Lawyer and CEO of Emtrain. “Any different group can make a claim that they are adversely affected by reductions in the workforce, but there do seem to be more age discrimination claims than others, in large part due to age being associated with disproportionately higher salaries.”
It is time to update diversity programs. HR says it’s a difficult challenge to balance three to four culturally different generations in today’s workplace.
“HR needs to issue policies in a way that whatever they are saying within the organization will not have a disproportionate effect on older workers,” says Yancey. “Although diversity programs may already exist in an organization, they should be updated to include generational diversity.”