Age Discrimination Attorneys

The Baby Boomer generation comprises nearly half of the U.S. labor market, and many do not plan to leave the workforce anytime soon. While Boomers are generally characterized as loyal, hardworking employees, age discrimination is one of the most prevalent forms of discrimination.

The Age Discrimination in Employment Act (ADEA) and corresponding Ohio law protect employees 40 years or older against discrimination premised on age.  If an employer takes an adverse employment action against an employee based on his or her age—as opposed to the merits of the employee’s work—the employee may have an age discrimination claim.  The law also prohibits employees from harassing employees because of their age.

Age discrimination manifests itself in many forms, but it often involves an older worker being fired or passed over for a promotion in favor of a younger and less experienced employee.

In addition to the ADEA, the Older Worker Benefit Protection Act (OWBPA) provides additional protection for older workers who are offered severance or settlement agreements. For instance, this Act requires that older workers be provided at least 21 days to consider a settlement offer and an additional 7 days to revoke the offer after signing.

 

If you have been subjected to an adverse employment action or a wrongful termination based on your age, contact our office for a consultation to discuss your rights.