There are few things more insulting than being told you can or cannot do something because of your age. Unfortunately, this happens far more often than we’d like to admit. If you were discriminated against in the workplace due to your age, please continue reading and speak with our experineced Georgia employment law attorney today to learn more about how our firm can help you. Here are some of the questions you may have:
What rights do I have under the Age Discrimination in Employment Act?
If you are someone who believes that you were discriminated against in the workplace solely due to your age, you should be relieved to know that you do have rights under the Age Discrimination in Employment Act of 1967 (ADEA). Essentially, the act applies to employees who are over the age of 40 and who work for private employers with at least 20 employees. This act also applies to employees over the age of 40 who work for the federal government, state or local governments, labor organizations, or employment agencies. There are various instances that may qualify as age discrimination under this act, including the following:
- Companies who including age preferences or limitations in their job postings. That being said, there are certain exceptions to this rule, so you will have to speak with an experineced attorney to first understand whether you have a valid claim.
- Openly discriminating against someone because of their age, or using their age as a reason to fire or lay off that employee.
- Employers harassing their older employers because of their age.
- Asking pre-employment questions regarding their age.
- Employers openly or obviously favoring younger workers over older ones.
- Having an employer retaliate against an individual after that person filed an age discrimination charge against him or her.
How long will I have to take action for age discrimination?
If you were discriminated against because of your age, you will have to take legal action through the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission within 180 days of the incident. That being said, if you are a federal employee, you will have an even shorter window of time to take action–you will only have 45 days to contact an Equal Employment Opportunity counselor. The bottom line is that if you are a victim of discrimination in the workplace, you must contact an attorney as soon. Our firm is ready to help make this right. Give us a call today.
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If you need help with an employment law matter in the state of Georgia, you can count on Ben Barrett Law to effectively represent your interests. With over 30 years of experience, Attorney Barrett has the skill and experience necessary to help you navigate the complexities of any employment law matter you may be facing. To discuss your case with a legal team you can trust, please do not hesitate to contact Ben Barrett Law today.