Age Discrimination in the Workplace
Our law firm specializes in all aspects of Employment Law including representing clients who believe they are victims of age discrimination in the workplace.
In Massachusetts, the Fair Employment Practice Act (for companies with 6 or more employees) and the federal Age Discrimination in Employment Act (for companies with 20 or more employees) prohibit age discrimination in the workplace. These laws are applicable in situations involving employees who are 40 years or older.
Signs of age discrimination can include: not being hired because the employer had a younger person in mind for that job; being passed over for a promotion to a mid-managerial position while someone younger was hired for the position for an invalid reason such as the company needing “new blood” or someone who can take the company in new directions; not being trained in newer technologies or given training that other employees at the same level get to improve job performance; not being promoted or given additional responsibilities because they feared that “at your age” you wouldn’t be able to keep up; being laid off because the company wants to keep younger employees who will work for less; being given unreasonably negative or unfair job evaluations and then being demoted or fired as a result; your company is downsizing and only the older employees are being let go; or being placed in a menial job or reducing your responsibilities because of your age.