In many countries throughout the world, older people are respected for their knowledge, wisdom and experience. In the youth-driven culture of the United States, older workers are often the victim of age discrimination, with employers wanting “youthful energy”, “new blood”, “aggressive-go-getters” and other euphemisms for “younger employees”.
This is — quite simply — against the law.
The Age Discrimination in Employment Act (ADEA) of 1967 is a federal law that protects individuals 40 years of age or older from employment discrimination based on age. This includes, hiring, firing, training, promoting, pay scale, benefits offered, and other workplace activities.
The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission web site offers this explanation of ADEA : “Under the ADEA, it is unlawful to discriminate against a person because of his/her age with respect to any term, condition, or privilege of employment, including hiring, firing, promotion, layoff, compensation, benefits, job assignments, and training.”
Frequently Asked Employment Discrimination Questions
Some examples of age-discrimination are:
- When there are company lay-offs, older workers are let go and younger workers are retained
- An older person is ideally qualified for a job, but a younger person is given the position
- Firing an older worker because the company can get or keep a younger person for less money
- Passing over or denying a promotion to an older, more experienced worker with more seniority in favor of a younger person
- Overt negative comments made about older workers and/or the advantages of younger workers
These are just a few examples of the subtle and not-so-subtle ways that employers still practice age discrimination in the workplace. However, age discrimination is against the law.
Experience & Expertise
If your rights have been violated by an employer or potential employer, Edith Pearce can help. An expert in employment issues and age discrimination cases, Ms. Pearce takes an aggressive approach to workplace discrimination of any kind and will work diligently on your behalf to right the wrongs you have suffered and obtain full and fair compensation for you. Recently, Edith Pearce took on the world’s largest retailer, Wal-Mart, and obtained a verdict and attorney’s fees based on age discrimination. Why trust your case to anyone else? Edith Pearce has been considered the best of the best in employment law. In 2005, Edith Pearce was named a “Super Lawyer,” designating her as one of the top 5% of Pennsylvania attorneys. In fact, in the practice area of employment litigation, only 41 attorneys received this honor, and only 12 of the 41 were women, including Edith Pearce. She has received the highest rating, “AV,” from Martindale-Hubbell. Up-to-the-minute knowledge of the rapidly changing interpretations of employment law is absolutely critical to your case, as is a swift investigation, early trial posturing and vigorous pursuit. Edith Pearce is a highly sought after employment and discrimination attorney who has appeared on various television programs including It’s Your Call with Lynn Doyle for her legal opinion on current employment law issues of the day. Employment and age discrimination laws are constantly changing and being reinterpreted by the courts. Up-to-the-minute knowledge of these rapid developments is absolutely critical to your case, so it is important to choose a discrimination attorney who is well-versed and well experienced in age discrimination cases.
Age Discrimination Is Illegal and Wrong
Employers who engage in or allow age discrimination must be stopped; and employees who have been victims of age discrimination should be fairly compensated. Edith Pearce is the age discrimination attorney to accomplish both outcomes. Her aggressive approach includes a swift investigation, early trial posturing and vigorous pursuit. Recently, Edith Pearce took on the world’s largest retailer, Wal-Mart, and obtained a verdict and attorney’s fees based on age discrimination.
The Compensation You Deserve
If you feel you have been discriminated against based on your age or your rights have been violated by an employer or potential employer in Philadelphia or anywhere in Pennsylvania and New Jersey, the Pearce Law Firm will thoroughly investigate your age discrimination claim and will work diligently to arrive at a timely settlement or proceed to trial to obtain the compensation you deserve.
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