Are you 40 years of age or older and feel that you were denied a job, promotion or salary increase by your employer based on your age? Or, do you feel you were discharged or demoted or receiving inadequate compensation by your current or former employer based on your age? If you answered yes to any of these questions, there are laws that can protect your rights as an employee and provide monetary benefits if your employer is engaging in unlawful employment practices.
Year after year, there are many employees who are victims of age discrimination by their employers and awarded monetary benefits. In 2014, there were 20,588 charges alleging age discrimination filed with the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC). Although some of these charges were dismissed, the EEOC collected $77.7 million in non-litigated matters and additional monies for litigated matters.
It is unlawful for employers to make discriminatory decisions on the basis of age related to hiring, firing, demotion, promotion, compensation, and other terms and conditions of employment. These laws related to age discrimination are complex so it is best to get the opinion of an experienced attorney to help you understand your rights and potential actions you can take to address the unlawful practices of an employer.
If you think you are the victim of age discrimination, please feel free to call us at (773) 842-2888 or contact us online to discuss your employee rights and options.