Ageist Culture Boomerangs on Baby BoomersDecember 21, 2011
Not trusting anyone under 60?
Despite the number of baby boomers in the workforce, age discrimination remains a problem in many businesses. A multitude of companies engage in deceitful and sometimes illegal practices to lay off or fire older workers so they won’t have to pay higher salaries or benefits.
We at Hornberger & Brewer have a proven approach for getting business clients the results they seek when fighting age discrimination cases. There’s so much of this unlawful activity going on today that it produces a steady flow of news. Recent high-profile examples include:
- On Oct. 26, 2011, telecommunications giant AT&T agreed to cease discriminatory policies to settle an age discrimination lawsuit filed by the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC). The EEOC had charged that AT&T Inc. and a number of its subsidiaries discriminated against a class of retired AT&T workers by denying them the opportunity for reemployment solely because they retired under certain early retirement or enhanced severance programs. This practice violated the Age Discrimination in Employment Act (ADEA), the EEOC said.
- On Oct. 27, 2011, the Screen Actors Guild and AFTRA issued a press release denouncing The Internet Movie Database (IMDb) and its owner Amazon.com for IMDb’s practice of revealing the ages of performers without their consent. The organizations claim the practice has led to shrinking work options and age-discrimination for actors. According to the release, SAG, AFTRA and other entertainment unions had been negotiating with IMDb to reach a solution, but IMDb has rejected their efforts.
If you’re over age 40 and feel you’ve been fired from your job due to your age, filing an age discrimination lawsuit may be your last chance at justice.
Even though we are attorneys, we recommend that before calling us you first exhaust all other options to resolve the situation. Start by gathering all the facts of your case and presenting them to the union or grievance board at your company. If you work for a smaller company and don’t have this option, contact the EEOC and file a complaint with them.
If your complaint with the EEOC is dismissed, begin compiling all the necessary details for a court case that we can pursue on your behalf. We will have to prove conclusively that you were let go because of your age.
Understand that the Age Discrimination in Employment Act (ADEA) of 1967 forbids employment discrimination against anyone at least 40 years of age in the United States. The ADEA also applies to standards for pensions and benefits provided by employers. In addition, it requires that information about the needs of older workers be provided to the general public.
Consult with Hornberger & Brewer regarding your business dispute involving purported employment-related age discrimination. We will fight to help you resolve the case to your advantage.
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