NY, NJ & CT Age Discrimination Lawyers
Our Age Discrimination lawyers zealously protect victims of age discrimination in workplaces throughout New York, New Jersey and Connecticut. Call now at (800) 893-9645 to learn your rights.
The Age Discrimination in Employment Act (ADEA) prohibits employers from discriminating against individuals who are 40 years of age or older in all aspects of the employment relationship including the recruitment and interview process, hiring, firing, promotion, layoff, benefits, job assignments, compensation, and training. State Human Rights Laws including the New York Human Rights Law, New York City Human Rights Law, New Jersey Law Against Discrimination and the Connecticut Human Rights Law, protect victims of age discrimination who are over 18 years old.
The Older Workers Benefit Protection Act of 1990 (OWBPA) amended the ADEA and made it illegal for employers to deny benefits to older employees. Age discrimination is on the rise -- in 2008, the US Equal Employment Opportunity Commission received approximately 25,000 charges of age discrimination, an approximate 20% increase from the prior year, and recovered over 8o million dollars in monetary benefits.
Age discrimination is an equal opportunity offender. Its discriminatory effects are not limited to members of a particular protected category (e.g., membership in a particular class or race). It is not limited to specific industries or geographic areas. It is not limited to a particular gender. Victims could include anyone’s mother or father. It is important for individuals to come forward to prevent the illegal practice of age discrimination.
The age discrimination laws include anti-retaliation provisions and protect individuals who come forward. It is illegal for an employer to retaliate against an employee because he or she complained about practices that discriminate on the basis of age.
Age discrimination is sometimes subtle and employers attempt to hide discriminatory practices. Possible examples of age discrimination are the following:
• Requiring all workers to obtain a high school education or GED regardless of
experience or job requirements.
• An employee is turned down for a position because he/she is "overqualified."
• Younger new employees are hired instead of promoting older employees with
more experience with company.
• You didn't get hired because the employer wanted a more youthful appearance
and wanted “new blood”.
• During a mass layoff, older employees are let go while younger and less senior
employees are retained.
• Implement age-neutral policies that have a significant disproportionate impact on
• Ageism comments are made about you in the workplace. For example, you are
referred to as grandma, grandpa, over the hill, or AARP.
If you believe that you are a victim of age discrimination, call our office at (800) 893-9645 to discuss your rights in the workplace.