As the baby boom generation has gotten older, age discrimination is increasingly a concern in the workplace, for both employers and employees. In fact, even those in more recent generations might question whether their age affects their status at work: state and federal laws protect anyone over age 40.
Age discrimination claims rely on evidence that an employer has treated one employee less favorably than others because of his or her age in hiring, firing, layoffs, training, pay, or benefits. Perhaps an employee can point to offensive comments about senior citizens, indicating a hostile work environment. A case might be made around a company’s employment policies, if they have an unfair impact on workers over 40 years old.
State and federal laws differ in their treatment of age discrimination cases. If you have any questions about your situation, please contact us.