Whether you own a large firm or run a relatively small company, it is imperative to go over current legal concerns and potential threats. For example, discrimination cases, including those centered around a worker’s age, sometimes create serious financial setbacks and threaten a company’s reputation. In Texas and across the U.S., it is against the law for employers to discriminate against staff members and job applicants on the basis of their age.

As an employer, it is helpful to review statistics on age discrimination cases with respect to different age groups.

Age discrimination cases involving various age groups

The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission states that the Age Discrimination in Employment Act (ADEA) protects workers from discrimination based on their age. The EEOC reports that during 2017, 48% of ADEA charges involved workers between the ages of 55 and 64. Moreover, 37% of these cases involved workers between 40 and 54, while 17% involved workers over the age of 65. In 2010, more workers between the ages of 40 and 54 filed ADEA charges than any other age group, but an increasing number of adults in older age groups filed charges in 2017.

Recognizing changing trends in ADEA cases

Some employers do not recognize that a majority of age discrimination cases involve workers under the age of 65. However, more ADEA cases involved workers between 55 and 64 and over the age of 65 in 2017. It is helpful to keep these statistics in mind with respect to current staff members, future employees as well as those applying for positions.