What is Age Discrimination?
Federal and state laws and some local ordinances protect individuals who are 40 years of age or older from being discriminated against based on their age. The laws prohibit your employer from disadvantaging you simply because you are 40 or older in making decisions involving:
In addition, your employer cannot, without risking violation of the laws:
- Retaliate against you for opposing employment practices that discriminate based upon age;
- Retaliate against you for filing an age discrimination claim;
- Terminate you because, as an older worker, your employer feels that your benefits are too costly;
- Make negative remarks about your age
There are certain exceptions to these rules. Generally speaking, however, you may be the victim of age discrimination if you experienced any of the situations described above.
What Victims of Age Discrimination Should Do
Age discrimination is not something you have to tolerate. We can help you determine if you have been the victim of age discrimination under federal law and/or state law.
If your claim is successful, you may be entitled to recover:
- Job reinstatement
- A promotion
- Back pay or future pay if you were terminated
- Other damages