Mount Laurel Age Discrimination Attorneys
Some employers assume that an aging worker is less able or less adaptable. The job or promotion goes to a younger, less qualified person. There seems to be a different set of standards and perks for co-workers half one’s age. After years of faithful service, a poor performance review leads to a pink slip.
Sometimes, employers use “codes” for expressing a sentiment against older workers, using phrases like “going in a new direction” or “going for a more youthful look” or “you’re slowing down.” They ask about when you plan to retire, and the next thing you know, they’ve “retired” you before you’re ready.
Under state and federal law, adverse employment action based on a person’s age is illegal. The law firm of Costello & Mains, LLC, represents workers in South Jersey and statewide New Jersey in age discrimination litigation. We will assert your rights and hold your employer accountable for the personal and financial harm that this bias has caused you.
Age-Related Discrimination In The Workplace
The New Jersey Law Against Discrimination and the federal Age Discrimination in Employment Act (ADEA) prohibit employers from favoring younger workers or using a person’s age against him or her in any facet of employment:
- Age limits or preferences in job postings
- Age bias in hiring practices
- Unequal pay or denial of benefits
- Denial of advancement
- Job assignments
- Disciplinary actions
- Layoffs or termination
Employers cannot discriminate against an older worker on the premise that a person is physically slowing down, out of touch with technology or otherwise “too old.” Only under limited circumstances, such as early retirement incentive programs, can employers ask workers to waive their ADEA rights.
Age discrimination is often paralleled by age harassment. In addition to adverse employment actions, an older worker may be ostracized or subjected to age-related jokes, demeaning comments or other offensive behaviors that create a hostile work environment. We pursue both discrimination and harassment claims, as well as lawsuits for employer retaliation for filing a complaint of age discrimination.
Burlington County Reverse Age Discrimination Lawyers
New Jersey law also recognizes reverse discrimination — bias against an otherwise qualified candidate or employee because he or she is perceived as “too young” for the job. We have handled cases on both ends of the age discrimination spectrum.
If you are over the age of 40 and believe that you were denied employment or treated unfairly by your employer because of your age, the Mount Laurel age discrimination lawyers of Costello & Mains will advocate for you under state or federal claims. Kevin Costello is certified as a civil trial attorney by the New Jersey Supreme Court and has practiced in employment law for nearly 30 years. He can explain your rights and your legal options, and how to document the discriminatory actions.