Employers may make employment decisions or take adverse action based on an employee’s age. Age discrimination at work, specifically discrimination against employees who are over age 40, violates federal and state laws. If you believe you have been the victim of age discrimination, an experienced based age discrimination lawyer may be able to help. The attorneys at Gordon Law Group, LLP are based in Boston and frequently cited among the best employment lawyers in the nation. They represent victims of age discrimination in the workplace across the country and are committed to holding employers accountable for their actions.
Understanding Discrimination Against Age in the Workplace
Workplace age discrimination can take many forms. The Age Discrimination in Employment Act (ADEA) as well as Massachusetts laws are designed to protect current employees and candidates for employment by prohibiting employers from making employment decisions treating people over age 40 less favorably because of their age.
Age discrimination may occur in hiring decisions, promotions, layoffs, terminations, reduction in hours, compensation, benefits, work assignments, training and more. For example, an employer that deliberately hires younger workers over older candidates or who selects older employees when making layoff decisions may be guilty of workplace age discrimination. In some cases, age discrimination takes the form of a hostile work environment, with older workers receiving unfavorable work assignments compared to their younger co-workers.
However, not every employment decision that impacts an employee or candidate over age 40 is related to a worker’s age. Age discrimination must be proven. Generally, this means that the impacted employee must be able to prove that he or she was capable of performing the duties of the position, that an adverse action occurred, and that the employer’s decision favored someone younger. When an age discrimination attorney is able to successfully prove that discrimination occurred, the affected employee or candidate may be entitled to compensation including lost wages and any other hardship. Punitive damages may also be available in some cases.
Choose an Experienced Age Discrimination Lawyer
If you believe you have been the victim of discrimination in the workplace on the basis of your age, you need a knowledgeable attorney in your corner. Gordon Law Group, LLP is well-versed in the ADEA and Massachusetts laws and has a track record of success with all types of employment discrimination matters for clients in Boston and beyond. The firm represents employees in all industries and at all levels, from service workers to executives. We are committed to advocating for employees’ rights.
Age discrimination is illegal and should never be tolerated. Holding employers accountable sends a powerful message and can protect other employees from experiencing the same types of age discrimination in the future. If your employer made adverse employment decisions and you believe age was a factor, contact Gordon Law Group, LLP today to schedule a consultation.