Age Discrimination

An Age Discrimination Lawyer at the Pursley Law Firm will help you determine if your age discrimination case is viable. The Age Discrimination Attorney at the Pursley Law Firm has represented claimants all over Texas in the cities of Dallas, Houston, Austin, Fort Worth, San Antonio, El Paso and smaller cities.

Employers are not permitted to discriminate against employees on the basis of their age. Discriminating against employees and applicants on the basis of age is illegal and the major federal law that prohibits such conduct is the Age Discrimination in Employment Act (ADEA -- 29 U.S.C. 621-634). It is imperative that you document all incidents and contact an employment lawyer sooner rather than later. This law prohibits employers from discriminating against anyone over 40 years of age on the basis of their age. Private employers with 20 or more employees are subject to this federal law. Government employees, whether federal, state or local, additionally fall under the scope of this federal statute. However, employees may not assert their claim in a lawsuit directly against the employer. Certain procedures must be followed in asserting claims against government employers.

These statutes mandated by the federal government protect employees in virtually all aspects of their employment relationship with their employer. When employees are seeking employment they shall not be discriminated against in the help-wanted ads, screening of résumés, interviews, or any other aspect of the job seeking process. After obtaining employment, an employee is protected from discrimination on the basis of age regarding compensation, benefits, retirement, job evaluations, promotions, assignments and termination of their employment. See also state statutes.

The Older Workers Benefit Protection Act (29 U.S.C. - 623) is a federal law making it illegal for employers to use an employee's age to discriminate against the employee when disbursing benefits or approving retirement. Employees over 40 years of age are protected in this type of situation. This means that employers cannot reduce benefits such as insurance or contributions to pensions when an employee continues to work past the typical retirement age. Often times an employer will be reluctant to arbitrarily target workers over 40 when layoffs occur as a result of this statute. However, this does not mean that an employee over 40 cannot be let go; but an employer may not force an employee, who is over 40 years of age, to elect to take an early retirement. See Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC).

While the Age Discrimination in Employment Act of 1967 prohibits employment discrimination on the basis of age specifically for those over 40 years old. If you feel your age has been the reason for employment discrimination, contact an employment attorney to discuss your situation and help you determine if you have an age discrimination case.

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