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How older workers can demonstrate their value

On Behalf of | Dec 31, 2015 | Workplace Discrimination |

Maryland employees that age discrimination toward people at or over the age of 40 is illegal under federal law, but older workers may still feel insecure about their position at work. However, there are a number of ways that they can continue to demonstrate the value of their experience to employers.

It is important for workers to keep up with advances and new technology in their field. This can be done through courses and training as well as independent study. Workers should also make sure they know any software that is required for their job such as Microsoft Word and other industry-specific tools.

Workers should also consider how they can position themselves as thought leaders by writing for blogs, writing articles and becoming active on LinkedIn. In addition to demonstrating their expertise in their own industry, they can volunteer in the community to show that they are well-rounded. Leadership positions might include time as a board member or volunteer coordinator.

Continuing to network and maintain relationships is also important. Workers may find it useful to use a spreadsheet or other tools to keep track of contacts and to touch base periodically. Finally, it is important to emphasize one’s expertise to employers. Younger workers may appear more inexpensive, but an older worker can bring money-saving experience to the position.

Workers who do feel they have been discriminated against on the basis of age should document the incidents. It is often best to begin by speaking to a supervisor or to human resources, but prior to that conversation, an employee may still wish to first consult an attorney to discuss strategy and how to be protected from employer retaliation. Those who believe they have been demoted or fired or who has lost other opportunities due to age discrimination may have the ability to file a claim with the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission or applicable state agency.