Age Discrimination in the Workplace
Workers and job applicants who are 40 years old or older are protected by federal law against discrimination based on their age.
The federal Age Discrimination in Employment Act (ADEA) forbids discrimination when it comes to any aspect of employment, including hiring, firing, pay, job assignments, promotions, layoffs, training, fringe benefits and any other term or condition of employment. The Age Discrimination Act of 1975, which applies to all ages, prohibits discrimination on the basis of age in any program or activity that receives federal financial assistance.
New York law prohibits discriminating against anyone who is 18 years old or older on the basis of age. The New Jersey Law Against Discrimination (LAD) prohibits employers from discriminating against people in various areas, including age. Legal protection against age discrimination is well understood. Employers who engage in age discrimination can and should be held accountable for the harm they cause.
If you have suffered from age discrimination at your workplace or as a job applicant, or in any other situation, you need to talk to a NY / NJ age discrimination attorney at the Ginarte law firm today. Call now for a free consultation at 888-GINARTE (446-2783), or fill out our online contact form.
Age Discrimination is Unlawful in NY and NJ
When federal and state legislators began to establish laws in the 1960s against discrimination based on race and gender, they also adopted laws against age discrimination. The Age Discrimination in Employment Act (ADEA) was adopted by Congress in 1967 to make it unlawful to discriminate against a person because of his/her age with respect to any term, condition or privilege of employment, including hiring, firing, promotions, layoffs, compensation, benefits, job assignment, and training.
New York’s Human Rights Law, which dates to 1945, applies similar protection to anyone who is 18 year of age or older. New Jersey’s law, which dates to 1965, prohibits discrimination on the basis of age against people between the ages of 18 and 70.
Age discrimination laws also protect individuals against harassment that creates a hostile or offensive work environment.
It is well known that discrimination against a person because of their age is illegal, yet it persists. Age discrimination is usually not an open act, but it may be inferred by the sum of the actions of the person or persons causing the discrimination.
It is very important for an individual who feels that they have been discriminated against because of their age to contact an experienced NY / NJ age discrimination attorney. The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) puts time limits and other restrictions and requirements on federal age discrimination complaints and how they are processed. For example, a worker must file a charge of discrimination with the EEOC before they can proceed with an age discrimination lawsuit against an employer.
In addition, an individual, organization or agency may file an age discrimination charge with the EEOC on behalf of another person in order to protect the aggrieved person’s identity.
Federal and state laws allow age discrimination victims to collect compensation for back pay with interest, and compensation for mental pain and suffering. In some cases, those who discriminate against workers on the basis of age may be ordered to pay punitive damages.
The NY / NJ age discrimination lawyers of the Ginarte law firm have substantial experience serving as advocates for New York and New Jersey metro area residents who have been victims of age discrimination. The Ginarte law firm’s age discrimination lawyers have thorough knowledge of and experience with federal and state age discrimination laws. We know how to collect and demonstrate evidence that presents age discrimination complaints in a convincing manner that results in settlements or court orders for the compensation that our clients deserve.
Contact Our NY / NJ Age Discrimination Attorneys Today
If you believe that you have been excluded, harassed or otherwise discriminated against because of your age, the NY / NJ age discrimination lawyers at the Ginarte law firm can help you recover compensation for your losses, pain and suffering. We have 35 attorneys ready to help you with your age discrimination claim.
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