If you are facing discrimination in the workplace due to your age, you may have a valid employment law claim with the assistance of an experienced Atlanta employment rights attorney. To learn more about how you can hold your employer accountable for discrimination, continue reading.
What is the Age Discrimination in Employment Act?
In 1967, the Age Discrimination in Employment Act was made official. This act provided employees rights regarding discrimination in the workplace due to their age. The Age Discrimination in Employment Act states that employees are protected from discrimination due to their age who are over the age of 40 who work for the federal, state, or local government, labor organizations, or employment agencies, and employees who are over the age of 40 and work for private employees with at least 20 employees.
What are examples of age discrimination?
In some cases, discrimination can be hard to spot. There are many forms of discrimination in the workplace and can look very different. As a result, it is important to understand what qualifies as discrimination. The following acts that qualify as discrimination are as follows:
- Employers use an employee’s age as a reason to fire them
- Employers ask pre-employment questions regarding a potential employee’s age.
- Employers include certain age specifications in job postings or applications
- It is important to note that this is not always considered discrimination. Speak with an attorney before taking action
- Employers openly favor younger workers over older ones
- Ex: Solely giving younger workers promotions or demoting older employees for no apparent reason
- Employers harass certain employees due to their age
- Ex: Making certain rude comments about their age
- Employers retaliate against an employee after the employee filed an age discrimination charge against them
If you believe you are the victim of any of the above actions, it is important to reach out to an experienced attorney as soon as possible.
How long do I have to make an age discrimination claim?
You will have to take legal action through the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission if you believe that you are a victim of age discrimination. It is important to understand that you will have 180 days after the date the act of discrimination occurred to file your age discrimination claim. If you are a federal employee, you will only have 45 days from the date of the incident to bring attention to your claim by contacting an Equal Employment Opportunity counselor.
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