There are many different protections the law affords employees. Among these are bans on various types of workplace discrimination.
One type of discrimination protection both Texas law and federal law provide is protection against workplace age discrimination. However, these laws do not extend this protection to workers generally, but rather just to a specific class of workers. Specifically, only workers age 40 and older get protection from age discrimination under these laws.
Among the things these age discrimination laws prohibit in the workplace are age-based negative employment actions against workers 40 and older (such as firings, pay cuts or job denials based on age) and age-based harassment against workers 40 and older. When a worker 40 or older is subjected to such conduct, they may have a variety of options available for pursuing remedies for this violation of their workplace rights.
So, here in Texas, a worker’s age plays a big role in what sort of age-related conduct their employer can legally engage in towards them and what legal situation the worker is in when faced with age discrimination in the workplace. On the flipside though, the age of a worker’s employer/supervisor does not have impacts on this. Whatever an employer/supervisor’s age, they are prohibited from engaging in age discrimination or harassment against employees 40 years of age or older.
As this discussion illustrates, not all workers have the same sort of protections from state and federal law. Skilled employment law attorneys can provide workers in Texas who suspect their employer may have engaged in improper conduct with information on what specific legal protections they receive and what this means for the legality of their employer’s conduct.
Sources: U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, “Age Discrimination,” Accessed Feb. 9, 2016
Texas Workforce Commission, “Age Discrimination,” Accessed Feb. 9, 2016