Age Discrimination: What You Need To Know

Despite laws protecting employees, age discrimination still occurs frequently in the workplace. Here is what you need to know about on-the-job age discrimination, and what you need to do if you feel you may have been discriminated against.

Age Discrimination Laws Only Protect Individuals Over 40

At this time, there are no age discrimination laws to protect young employees.

An employer cannot refuse to hire, fire, demote, harass, or otherwise discriminate against an employee or potential employee because they are over the age of 40. It is illegal for an employer to favor a younger employee over an employee over the age of 40; however, the reverse is not true.

Forms Of Age Discrimination

Age discrimination can take many forms, including:

  • Refusal to hire an otherwise qualified applicant because they are above the age of 40
  • Paying an older employee less than a younger employee for the same job
  • Demoting an employee due to their age
  • Harassment of an employee over the age of 40
  • Firing an employee due to their age

Almost anyone can be the perpetrator of age discrimination, including but not limited to an employee's direct supervisor, an individual in another department, a co-worker and even customers.

Retaliation For Reporting Age Discrimination Is Illegal

Reporting age discrimination is an action that is protected by law.

If you report age discrimination in the workplace and are then fired, demoted, given different job assignments or otherwise treated differently after the report, you may be experiencing retaliation.

Employer retaliation is illegal, and there are options available to individuals who have been retaliated against for reporting age discrimination.

What To Do If You Have Been Discriminated Against

If you believe you were discriminated against in the workplace as a result of being over the age of 40, it is important that you take action right away. You can file a claim with the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC), or you can discuss your case with an experienced age-discrimination lawyer.

Often, an attorney will recommend that you file with the EEOC and work with an attorney to explore all of the legal options available.

How To Contact Attorney Sean A. Casey

Sean A. Casey is a seasoned Pennsylvania age discrimination attorney. He can help you assert your rights in the workplace, and guide you through the various steps of lodging a complaint against your employer for age discrimination. Contact attorney Casey today in Pittsburgh at 412-802-9236, or contact him online.