People of all ages and backgrounds experience workplace discrimination in the United States despite state and federal protections. Employees who have reached middle age at their jobs may be at higher risk of losing their jobs to less experienced (and younger) counterparts willing to work for less pay. In addition, some more experienced applicants may be turned down simply due to their age and high qualifications.
Age is a protected class under the Age Discrimination in Employment Act (“ADEA”), which guards employed workers and job applicants against discrimination in the workplace. If you believe that you are being discriminated against by your employer, you should seek legal counsel from an experienced age discrimination attorney in Virginia Beach.
Age Discrimination and the ADEA
Age discrimination occurs when an employee or job applicant is treated unfairly due to his or her age. Discrimination against age is illegal under federal and state employment laws. One law in particular was created to protect more advanced employees. Called the Age Discrimination in Employment Act (ADEA), it went into effect in 1967 to protect workers over the age of 40 from experiencing employment hardships due to their age. This act prohibits employers from taking age into consideration when making decisions to hire, fire, promote or demote, compensate, provide benefits, assign jobs, and train current employees.
The ADEA applies to employers with a minimum of twenty employees. It also extends to employment agencies and labor organizations; and to federal, state, and local governments. Additionally, there are other laws in place to protect those who work for smaller organizations. A competent and knowledgeable age discrimination lawyer in Virginia Beach would be a vital asset to helping you navigate the legal landscape surrounding your age discrimination case.
At Bertini Law, we are a boutique law firm devoted to upholding the rights of workers in Virginia Beach and surrounding areas. We have extensive experience working on both sides of the law that can be an asset in your age discrimination case. While it is never easy to take legal action against your employer, our compassionate team can guide you through all the legal hurdles and fight to seek the best outcome for your case. If you are ready to take the next step in seeking justice for age discrimination, call (757) 222-9125 or contact us to speak with a dedicated age discrimination attorney.