What is Age Harassment?
Age harassment occurs when offensive comments are being made by someone about another person’s age. Age harassment is illegal when it is so frequent or severe that it creates a hostile or offensive work environment.
Age harassment typically takes the form of demeaning, disrespectful, or hurtful comments and conduct. It can also involve being excluded from activities based on an individual’s age or being pressured to retire.
Who Can Be the Harasser?
Everyone. The harasser can be a supervisor or boss, a supervisor or boss from another department, an individual’s co-worker, or even someone who does not work for a company. It can be harassment if a client, customer, or vendor, who spends time at the workplace, is the one making offensive, disrespectful, or hurtful comments about an employee’s age. Employer knowledge is often key in these types of cases.
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