In recent times, age discrimination in the workplace has become more common than ever. Nobody should have to endure unfair treatment in the workplace because of their age, and if this has happened to you, there is a very good chance that you may have a valid claim against your employer. Please continue reading and speak with our knowledgeable Atlanta employment law attorney to learn more about what we can do for you. Here are some of the questions you may have:
What is the Age Discrimination in Employment Act?
In 1967, the Age Discrimination in Employment Act was made official, which essentially gives employees rights regarding discrimination because of age in the workplace. The Act states that employees who are over the age of 40 and work for private employees with at least 20 employees, as well as employees who are over the age of 40 work for the federal, state, or local government, labor organizations, or employment agencies, are protected from discrimination due to their age. Some of the acts that qualify as discrimination are as follows:
- In certain cases, it may be classified as discrimination when employers include certain age specifications in job postings or applications. However, this is not always discrimination, so you should speak with an attorney before taking action.
- Employers using an employee’s age as a reason to fire or lay them off.
- Employers harassing their certain employees due to their age, such as making certain rude comments about their age.
- Employers asking pre-employment questions regarding a potential employee’s age.
- Employers openly favoring younger workers over older ones, such as solely giving younger workers promotions or demoting older employees for no apparent reason.
- Employers retaliating against an employee after the employee filed an age discrimination charge against them.
How long will I have to make an age discrimination charge against my employer?
Those who were discriminated against because of their age will have to take legal action through the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission within 180 days of the date the act of discrimination occurred. You should note, however, that if you are a federal employee, you will only have 45 days from the date of the incident to speak with an Equal Employment Opportunity counselor. Our firm is ready to help you today–all you have to do is pick up the phone and give us a call.
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