Were you passed over for a job or promotion because of your age? Has your employer stopped giving you promotions or responsibilities because you are getting older? Have you been denied a job in favor of younger, less experienced, and less skilled workers? If so, you may have a right to pursue an age discrimination claim against the employer.
Five Points Law Group helps people throughout the Birmingham area who have been discriminated against by employers on the basis of sex, race, age, religion, or other protected status. If you suspect that you have lost significant income and earning potential because of your age, contact our firm today
Like all forms of unlawful and unfair discrimination, employers sometimes mistakenly believe that older workers are unable to compete or benefit the company. They may erroneously believe older workers are a liability or are unable to mentally keep up with changes in technology or procedures. These employers often completely overlook the fact that older workers may have decades of experience that can be of great use to the company. More importantly, they often discriminate against workers, knowing that it is unlawful.
Age discrimination does not just affect older workers. Young workers often face similar discrimination, when employers treat them differently or presume them incapable due to their age. Ultimately, the law requires that all workers be given equal opportunities based on their skills, experience, and aptitudes, not based on their age.
It can be difficult to prove age discrimination because employers often use pretexts in order to accomplish their discriminatory goals. For instance, the words “experience” or “fitness” are often used in place of words like “age” and “old.” Nevertheless, there are some telltale signs that can give away an employer’s true intentions.
Experienced age discrimination attorneys can often draw out the true underlying purpose of hiring and firing decisions by looking at the overall conduct of an employer over time. For instance, an employer may claim they laid you off because you were slowing down, but if 75 out of 100 young employees with the same or worse productivity records keep their jobs, then the argument falls apart.
Employers use pretexts or excuses to fire or demote older workers. These excuses can range from subtle to absurd. Here are just a few examples:
As you can probably tell, there is no shortage of excuses employers may use to justify downsizing older employees. With the help of a talented team of attorneys, these excuses can quickly erode, revealing the true intentions behind a negative employment action.
At Five Points Law Group, we are devoted to protecting workers who suffer from age discrimination. We hold employers accountable when they violate the law. Call today to speak with an attorney, and learn about your rights to compensation.