Pospis Law vigorously represents employees who have been discriminated against, harassed, or treated unfairly because of their age. Age discrimination in the workplace is illegal under federal, New York State, and New York City law.
While the federal Age Discrimination in Employment Act only protects workers who are age 40 or older, the New York State and City Human Rights Laws are not so limited.
Age discrimination can take many forms, including:
- Terminating older employees before younger employees;
- Asking an employee questions about when they are going to retire;
- Observing that an employee is “not a good cultural fit for the company” or that “we want a more youthful image” or “young blood” for the company;
- Referring to an employee using derogatory age-related terms, such as “old school” or a “dinosaur”;
- Refusing to hire anyone who appears older than a certain age;
- Refusing to invest in an older employee’s training and growth;
- Passing over an older worker for a promotion and hiring a younger person instead;
- Threatening to fire an employee if he/she does not retire; and
- Forced retirement.
If you believe you have been the victim of age discrimination in the workplace contact us today to discuss your rights and legal options.
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