Age Discrimination

Elderly and young workers often face age prejudice at the workplace. Ageism is stereotyping or discriminating toward people or classes due to their age. Employers are usually not permitted to recruit, terminate or settle on the pay of employees depending on their age.

ADEA protects employees from age discrimination in all aspects of the employment stage, including job ads, interviewing, recruiting, benefits, promotions, training, job assessment, retirement, job assignments and termination. The ADEA prevent employers from discriminating against older employees in favor of those under the age of 40.

The ADEA extends to all individual employers with 20 workers or more and to state and municipal governments. That also extends to state legislatures, although their workers cannot explicitly prosecute them for age discrimination.

Many state laws ban discrimination on the grounds of age. While some of these rules are simply a reflection of federal legislation and cover only staff who are at least 40 years of age, other state laws are broader and protect workers of all ages.

State rules appear to extend to businesses with less than 20 workers, meaning your employer may have to comply with your state legislation even though it is not protected by federal law.

As you may know, filing a case is a complicated procedure that typically needs the help of an experienced lawyer. Before you take all of the actions mentioned above, you can speak to an employment lawyer. A counsel will help you decide about the right course of action, whether to consider or refuse a mediation agreement, and determine the costs and chances of success of a lawsuit.