Michael L. Feinstein, P.A.

You don't lose your right to work as you get older

As you age, you may find that you are not able to do some of the things that you used to do when you were younger. However, that does not mean that you are now less able to work and unable to contribute to the team. Despite the fact that you are willing and able to work, Florida employers often prefer younger employees. This type of preferential treatment is not fair, and sometimes, it steps over the line and becomes age discrimination. 

Age discrimination is not only unfair; it's illegal. There are federal laws that protect your right to a workplace that is free from discrimination of any kind, including discrimination because of your age. If you are experiencing this type of unfair treatment at your workplace, you do not have to suffer in silence and hope that things get better.

The federal laws that protect you 

The Age Discrimination in Employment Act protects the rights and interests of older employees in the workplace. This act specifically mentions certain types of treatment that are illegal and how employers should approach their older employees. Some of the specific things prohibited by the ADEA include the following:

  • Employers cannot list age as a requirement for a job unless it legitimately is a prerequisite of the job.
  • Employers cannot pressure, force or request for older workers to retire early.
  • Employers cannot use a person's age as a factor when making employment decisions, such as hiring, firing, promotion and training.
  • Employers cannot reduce an older employee's benefits or take away health coverage.

If you suspect that you are experiencing age discrimination in your place of work, you have the right to speak up and report this treatment. Another protection given to you by the ADEA is that you can do this without fear of retaliation or termination. Your employer cannot fire you or treat you poorly because you spoke out against mistreatment.

What's next?

After experiencing age discrimination in the workplace, you may want to reach out for the assistance of an experienced employment law attorney. You can learn more about your legal options and move forward with the appropriate course of action.

Through a civil claim against your employer, you can hold liable parties accountable for unfair treatment and a hostile work environment. You may be able to claim compensation for your emotional duress and financial losses, and your action may help others avoid the same treatment in the future.

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