Age Discrimination Attorney Serving Atlanta
One would think that employers would be happy to have experienced, older workers on the payroll. Unfortunately, this is not always the case in today's job market. With the graying of America, age discrimination has become one of the fasting growing types of employment discrimination claims in the U.S.
Fortunately, you can do something about age discrimination. Because Title VII does not cover age discrimination, Congress passed a separate law dealing with age discrimination--the Age Discrimination in Employment Act (ADEA) --to make age discrimination illegal. Learn more about how you can fight back against age discrimination with the help of our Atlanta age discrimination lawyers at Buckley Beal.
Arrange a confidential evaluation with our team today. Call (404) 471-3725 to start.
How the Law Protects You
The ADEA prohibits discrimination against individuals over the age of 40. Like the other discrimination laws, if you are over 40, your employer may not discriminate against you on the basis of your age, and you are also protected from harassment on the basis of your age.
Like the other anti-discrimination laws, the ADEA prohibits any type of adverse action against you because of your age, including:
- The failure to hire you or a discharge because of your age
- Age harassment, which typically involves hostility or abuse directed at you by other employees because of your age.
- Retaliation against you for complaining about age discrimination or for participating in someone else's age discrimination case.
The ADEA has a few significant differences from Title VII. It applies only to employers that employ more than 20 people, unlike Title VII's 15-employee threshold. Furthermore, the Older Worker Benefit Protection Act amended the ADEA to give over-40 employees special protections when they are asked to sign a waiver or release of claims. If you are over 40 and are offered a settlement of an age discrimination claim, your employer must take extra steps to ensure that any release or waiver you enter into is knowing and voluntary.
This requires that any release or waiver must:
- Be in writing and be understandable;
- Specifically refer to your ADEA rights or claims;
- Not waive any rights or claims that may arise in the future;
- Be in exchange for valuable consideration given to you;
- Advise you to consult an attorney before signing the waiver; and
- Provide you at least 21 days to consider the agreement and at least seven days to revoke the agreement after signing it.
Furthermore, if you are over 40 and are selected for some form of exit incentive program or buyout, your employer must provide you with a detailed disclosure of the ages and job titles of all employees that were eligible for the program and all employees that were in fact selected for the program.
We Help Workers Fight Against Discrimination
If you or someone you know has been victimized by age discrimination, or you are not sure of whether you should sign a severance agreement, don't wait. The ADEA has a very short time limit for filing claims--180 days--and if you fail to meet this deadline, you could lose the right to bring an age discrimination claim.
Our experienced Atlanta age discrimination lawyers of Buckley Beal can help you sort out your rights and determine whether you have been discriminated against because of your age.
Contact us by calling (404) 471-3725 or using our online consultation request form.