Age discrimination claims have been on the rise for several years and have become one of the fastest-growing types of employment discrimination lawsuits. The Age Discrimination in Employment Act (ADEA) protects individuals over the age of 40 from discrimination in the workplace.
Unfortunately, older workers with higher salaries are often the first to face elimination when companies are looking to cut costs, which can potentially violate the ADEA. Like other anti-discrimination laws, the ADEA prohibits any form of adverse action based on age, including failure to hire or discharge based on age. It also covers age harassment, which involves hostility or abuse directed at an individual due to their age. Retaliation against those who report age discrimination or participate in someone else’s age discrimination case is also prohibited under the ADEA.
If you are an older worker who has been let go or pressured into early retirement, you may have a valid claim for age discrimination. Age discrimination often takes a toll on the health of its victims, as older workers often rely on the income and health insurance provided by full-time employment.
In addition to potentially violating federal laws, companies that push out older workers miss out on the valuable experience, knowledge, and reliability that these employees have to offer.
While there has been a slight decline in the number of age discrimination claims in recent years, it still remains one of the leading areas of discrimination.
If you believe you have experienced age discrimination, please contact the experienced Atlanta age discrimination lawyers at Buckley Bala Wilson Mew LLP in Atlanta for an immediate case evaluation. They can provide you with more information and guidance regarding your situation.