People across the United States have suffered from harsh employment realities since the recession of 2008. The recession resulted in many Americans of all ages losing their jobs because of company downsizing and cost cutting. While some people were financially able to retire, or were lucky to find new jobs right away, there are many people who are still looking for work.
Although those over the age 55 have lower unemployment numbers than other age groups, people over 50 often feel that age plays a significant role in a hiring manager's decision. Older Americans also experience longer periods of unemployment than other age groups. People in West Virginia should understand their rights when seeking a new job or while in a role where they think their age is resulting in adverse treatment.
Workplace discrimination comes in many forms, including age discrimination. If an employee feels that they are being treated differently solely because they are older than their colleagues, they might be experiencing age discrimination. This can result in that person feeling isolated or that they would be the first person to be laid off if a company has to make those decisions.
Speaking with an experienced West Virginia employment law attorney might be a wise decision for people who think they are being discriminated against because of their age. An attorney can help the person decide whether to take action and how filing a complaint with the government or filing a lawsuit against a company might work in their situation.
Source: MPR News, "For jobless over 50, a challenging search for work," Matt Sedensky, Associated Press, Oct. 22, 2013