Your work experience is meaningful and valuable. When employers disregard your qualifications in favor of hiring or promoting a younger, less qualified worker, they violate federal, state and city anti-discrimination laws. We represent workers who have been fired from their jobs, passed over for promotions they deserve, denied benefits or otherwise treated unfairly because of their age. We work to collect evidence and testimony to build a strong case on your behalf. Our goal is to help you continue working for as long as you wish.
The Age Discrimination in Employment Act of 1967 (ADEA), as amended, protects workers who are 40 years of age and older from employment discrimination based on age. If you believe you have been the target of age discrimination, it is important to document the instances in which you were treated unfairly. Discrimination may exist in the form of actions or policies related to:
- Retirement — With few exceptions, it is illegal for an employer to force an employee to retire at a certain age.
- Hiring and promotion — Generally, age preferences or limitations cannot be included in job listings, and employers cannot make hiring, firing, promotion, training or job assignment decisions that discriminate against older workers.
- Pay and benefits — It is unlawful for employers to determine a worker’s compensation or benefits based on their age.
- Harassment — Offensive, derogatory, and pervasive age-related comments can foster a hostile work environment or result in negative employment decisions which are unlawful.
New York City law offers additional protections to employees alleging age discrimination. To ensure that you are aware of the protections and rights available to you in New York, contact an experienced employment law attorney.