Age Discrimination

New York Age Discrimination Attorneys

Age Does Not Affect One’s Ability to Do a Job

People well into their 60s and beyond are increasingly enjoying longer, more fulfilling careers. The outdated perception that the more one ages, the less valuable they are in the workplace is constantly being disproven by a vital, experienced workforce. However, discrimination in the workplace continues to persist based on the false belief that after a certain age, one’s worth as an employee decreases due to perceived lack of adaptability, growing health concerns and the expense of increased salary and benefits.

Employment Discrimination Based On Age

According to the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC), laws exist to protect those over the age of 40 from age discrimination. One such example is the Age Discrimination in Employment Act (ADEA), which makes it illegal for employers to favor young workers over their older, similarly qualified colleagues. The law offers older employees a comprehensive list of protections against discriminatory actions, including:

  • Unequal pay or fringe benefits
  • Being denied job assignments that one is otherwise qualified to handle
  • Being denied promotions or bonuses younger workers receive
  • Being denied health insurance coverage due to age
  • Harassment and a hostile work environment based on age

Examples of Age Discrimination

Age discrimination can be difficult to recognize; as a result, employees may wonder whether questionable work-related decisions are made based on age or on other factors. To help make accurate determinations, the following are examples of situations in which age discrimination may be playing a role:

  • Overhearing management talking about wanting a more youthful workforce or image for their company
  • When a company has downsizing or layoffs, but the majority of workers who remain are under 40
  • Being passed over for a promotion you were in line for, and it goes to a younger employee
  • Getting laid off or terminated despite glowing reviews, and your position is given to a younger, less qualified worker
  • Having tasks or assignments you are qualified to handle given to younger employees
  • Being excluded from training programs, seminars, or conventions due to your age

If you believe that you have been impacted by discrimination in the workplace based on your age, make a free initial consultation appointment. Our experienced attorneys will help you determine if and how you were discriminated against and work aggressively to hold employers accountable for their actions.

Contact our offices today by phone or email to discuss your case.