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If you think you have age discrimination in your workplace, this is a serious legal issue. To help you, below are some signs that you do have age discrimination, as well as how a lawyer that deals with this type of law can help you.
Signs of Age Discrimination
There are many signs of age discrimination, including:
Employer Harassing You
If your employer is harassing you about your age, they may be trying to get you to leave the company. It is much easier on the employer for you to quit than for them to find a reason to fire you. This is especially true if you are doing your job well and there is no reason to fire you. Your employer may think they can hire someone younger and pay them less to help them save money.
Only Hiring Young People
You may notice that your company hires mostly young people instead of older people that have more experience. You may hear your employer say an older employee is overqualified and that they would not be happy working there. Your employer may think someone younger will be sick less, work faster, and be more sociable in the workplace.
Not Getting Promoted
If you applied for a promotion that you were qualified for but see that your employer offered the promotion to someone much younger with less experience, this is a sign of age discrimination. If you see a pattern with this, you may have a strong case for age discrimination. Keep a record of what you see when it comes to promotions to help your case.
How an Age Discrimination Attorney Can Help
An age discrimination attorney knows the law when it comes to age discrimination and can tell very quickly if you have been discriminated against.
If the attorney thinks you have a case, they can help you file a claim with the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC). The EEOC will contact your employer, interview witnesses in your company, and look at other evidence. If the EEOC finds that you have a right to sue, you have a certain amount of time to file the lawsuit. Your attorney will know how long this is for your state.
Once a lawsuit is filed, your attorney will work with your employer to come up with a resolution. This is generally money the employer will pay you for your lawsuit. If the attorney cannot get enough from your employer, they will take the case to court.
Contact local age discrimination law services for more information.Share
26 March 2019