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What Is Age Discrimination and What Can You Do About It?

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Age discrimination in the workplace is hurtful, and it can make you feel as though you don't have the skills or capacity to perform your job well. Fortunately, if you are discriminated against in the workplace due to your age, you have legal options available to you. Here's what you need to know: What Is Age 

Age discrimination in the workplace is hurtful, and it can make you feel as though you don't have the skills or capacity to perform your job well. Fortunately, if you are discriminated against in the workplace due to your age, you have legal options available to you.

Here's what you need to know:

What Is Age Discrimination?

On-the-job age discrimination occurs when a person over the age of 40 is treated differently at work due to their age. This can take many forms, including:

  • refusal to hire a person who is over the age of 40 even though they are qualified for the position
  • firing someone over the age of 40 due to their age
  • paying an older employee less than a younger employee in the same position
  • and more.

At this time, there are no laws that protect employees younger than the age of 40 against age discrimination.

Steps to Take If You Are Discriminated Against In the Workplace Due to Your Age

Proving age discrimination can be challenging, especially in cases where an individual was not hired due to their age or in cases where other factors may be at play.

If you believe you have been discriminated against in the workplace due to your age, there are several things you can do:

Report Your Case to the EEOC

The first thing you can do is report your case to the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC). The EEOC can issue a warning to your employer or provide you with a notice that you have the right to sue. Unfortunately, the EEOC is limited in what it can actually do for employees who have been discriminated against.

Contact an Experienced Attorney

In many cases, it is highly beneficial to contact an attorney in order to learn more about your legal rights and the options you have available to you. An attorney can inform you of your next steps and can advocate on your behalf. In cases where you have suffered quantifiable financial and emotional damages from your discrimination, your attorney can help you seek justice and restitution.

Call Sean A. Casey Today

Sean A. Casey is an experienced employment law attorney who has dealt extensively with age discrimination cases. He can provide you with seasoned legal assistance and will passionately advocate for your rights and interests under Pennsylvania law.

Although age discrimination can be a difficult experience, Attorney Casey can give you the support and resources you need to move forward with your life. Contact Sean A. Casey for a consultation to discuss your case by calling (412) 201-9090 or toll free at (888) 658-0041.

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