Birmingham Age Discrimination Attorneys
We Have What it Takes to Fight for Justice
Under the Age Discrimination in Employment Act (ADEA), it is illegal for employers, employment agencies, and the federal government to discriminate against workers who are age 40 and over when it comes to hiring and other aspects of employment. The ADEA applies to employers with at least 20 employees.
Common Examples of Age Discrimination in the Workplace
Despite the existence of the ADEA, many employers continue to engage in age-based discrimination. The following are common forms of discrimination employees might face because of their age:
- Hiring or promoting a younger, less qualified worker for a position
- Reducing or terminating benefits to avoid paying pensions
- Firing an employee to avoid paying pensions
- Failing to consider older workers for training or promotions
- Disproportionately laying off workers who are older than 40
- Demeaning remarks or insults related to an employee's age
- The employer has a pattern of only hiring younger employees
- Removing older employees from challenging work or major projects
- Purposefully leaving older employees out of meetings and important decisions
- Isolating an older employee away from the rest of their department or group
- Being encouraged or forced to retire
- Eliminating an employee's job title and then hiring a younger employee to perform the same work under a different title
- Being put on a performance improvement plan despite strong reviews in the past
- Receiving unfair disciplinary action and harsher criticism than co-workers for similar issues or mistakes
Proving Age Discrimination in the Workplace
Employees need to establish that they are 40 or older and were adversely affected by an employment action that was motivated by their age. The words of supervisors and human resources departments usually provide the best evidence for these cases. That is why it is crucial to carefully document any situations in which your age is mentioned at work, such as your supervisor asking if you can still perform aspects of your job because of your age. You should also make note of any discipline and exclusion you experience due to your age.
Over Two Decades of Combined Experience on Your Side
Age discrimination continues to be a prevalent issue for workers over the age of 40, which is why our team of skilled attorneys is committed to using our knowledge of the law to help workers fight back against employers who mistreat them and violate the law. We are familiar with the various tactics that employers use to discriminate against older employees, and we have the extensive resources you need to prove you have a valid claim.