Are You 40 Or Older? You’re Protected From Age Discrimination.
Your life experiences, work achievements and job knowledge should be valued. As Baby Boomers and even members of Generation X get older, discrimination against workers because of their age may become more prevalent.
The Age Discrimination in Employment Act (ADEA) protects employees and applicants over the age of 40 from being discriminated against due to their age. It also protects employees from retaliation when they complain that they have been subjected to age discrimination. If you are being forced out of your job or passed over for hiring or promotions, and you think your age was a factor, reach out to Cleveland Lehner Cassidy for help.
Targeted because of your age? Call us at 317-953-2600 for an initial phone consultation with one of our attorneys at no cost to you.
How Do You Know If You Are A Victim Of Age Discrimination?
Age discrimination can present itself in many different forms. Beyond obvious forms harassment by a supervisor or coworkers, an older employee may get passed over for promotions in favor of less-qualified employees because management wants a younger, more energetic office environment or feels younger employees will be more productive and motivated. In other cases, an employer may do a “reduction in force,” where older employees are illegally selected to be laid off, while younger and less qualified employees are not selected for layoffs. When you suspect your age was a factor in actions or behaviors taken against you, contact an age discrimination attorney in Indianapolis immediately for help.
To help determine whether you have been the victim of age discrimination, ask yourself the following questions:
- Has your boss been constantly urging you to retire?
- Has your employer made jokes or comments about your advancing age?
- Has your employer been systematically replacing its older employees with younger employees?
- Were you laid off while less experienced, less qualified employees were not?
- Were you terminated and replaced by someone younger?
- Were you told your position was being eliminated, only to have it filled by a younger employee?
- Were you passed over for a promotion in favor of a younger, less qualified person?
How Our Employment Lawyers Can Help You
The ADEA provides many protections for the workplace, but in doing so, creates a complicated legal process for employees to navigate. Whether you have been subjected to discrimination on the basis of your age, whether by a failure to hire, a failure to promote, a termination, or a layoff, is a fact-sensitive question that can only be determined on a case-by-case basis.
Employers have a team of people, including lawyers and human resources employees, to help guide them through legal issues. You may find that you need your own team to help navigate this complex process. The age discrimination attorneys at Cleveland Lehner Cassidy can help you understand and enforce your rights.