Refute stereotypes. If you’re still employed and are an older worker

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Refute stereotypes. If you’re still employed and are an older worker, you should make an effort to negate stereotypes that seniors are less flexible and energetic than younger workers or that they are uncomfortable with technology. “You really need to show that you are better than your colleagues, whatever age they may be,” says Cathy Ventrell-Monsees, an employment discrimination attorney and president of Workplace Fairness, an employment rights nonprofit organization. Taking a few classes to keep yourself valuable is a great way to stay ahead of the curve

Try internal routes. If you still work for the company, try voicing your concerns to your supervisor or the human resources department. “When an older worker confronts the differential treatment from the supervisors, sometimes they don’t even realize at the time that they were treating the older worker less favorably,” says Ventrell-Monsees. Sometimes you can correct the situation internally without going to court.

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