Age discrimination takes many forms in the workplace. You may notice you receive fewer hours on the schedule or that your role is first on the list for downsizing during a period of lower profits. You may even hear a manager make snide comments about age and ability.
At The Leach Firm, P.A., an age discrimination lawyer is ready to help you fight age discrimination by your employer.
Definition of Age Discrimination Under Employment Law
The Age Discrimination in Employment Act of 1967 (ADEA) forbids employers from certain discriminatory behaviors or actions toward any individual aged 40 or older. The ADEA protects workers over 40 from:
- Discrimination in wage earnings, hiring, promotions, layoffs, and employment termination.
- Verbal or written statements of age limitations in job descriptions.
- Limitation or denial of older employee benefits.
- Mandatory retirement in many work sectors.
Note that mandatory retirement is permissible for executives in policy-making positions over the age of 65 entitled to pension benefits over a minimum annual amount.
Several cases have amended certain aspects of the ADEA, including Meacham v. Knolls Atomic Power Lab. The U.S. Supreme Court held that the employer bears the burden of proof in demonstrating that a layoff or other action has a basis, not in age, but another reasonable factor. A reasonable factor could be an employee’s inability to perform certain required job functions.
If you believe you have experienced age discrimination in Florida or Georgia, call the age discrimination lawyers at The Leach Firm, P.A. An age discrimination lawyer from our law firm would be happy to explain any relevant case law during your free case evaluation.
What If an Employer Says They Prefer Younger Employees?
Younger workers also contribute to the overall function of the workplace, usually with faster computer learning skills and harder physical labor. A fit work team combines younger employees’ technological and physical abilities with seasoned employees’ experience and customer connections for a well-rounded labor team.
Age discrimination can include:
- Statements by a supervisor or manager claiming they wish their workforce were all younger workers.
- Remarks or derogatory comparisons between older and younger employees by a supervisor.
- Many older workers receiving fewer hours or terminations after such statements by a manager or supervisor.
Can an Age Discrimination Lawyer Help Protect Employees?
Age discrimination lawyers experienced in employment law cases can help protect employees with more life experience from discriminatory practices at work. Georgia and Florida, home to many older Americans, see their fair share of age discrimination cases. Trust a knowledgeable team from a law firm like The Leach Firm, P.A.
Call the Discrimination Lawyers at The Leach Firm, P.A., Serving Florida and Georgia
At The Leach Firm, P.A., we have served the people of Florida and Georgia since 2004 in fights against workplace discrimination, personal injury, and worker’s compensation cases. We fight aggressively against age discrimination by employers and want to help our clients receive the treatment they deserve for their years of experience.Call us at The Leach Firm at 844-722-7567 or contact us online to get a free case evaluation with an age discrimination lawyer in Florida or Georgia.