New Jersey Age Discrimination Lawyers

If you have been the victim of age discrimination at your workplace, you should not hesitate to talk to age discrimination lawyers at O’Connor, Parsons, Lane & Noble about your situation and your rights.

These cases can be very subtle, so if you have a feeling that your employee rights have been violated, contact us immediately .

On the federal level, workers are protected under the Age Discrimination in Employment Act (ADEA) of 1967. The ADEA protects workers in both the public and private sectors, and applies to people over 40.

The ADA of 1975 is a federal law that protects against discrimination based on age in activities or programs that receive financial assistance from the federal government, but does not apply to employment issues.

New Jersey Age Discrimination Laws

New Jersey law differs from the federal law on several levels. For one thing, New Jersey law applies to workers under 40 years of age as well.

Also in New Jersey, workers who win these cases may recover punitive and compensatory damages not allowed under federal law with New Jersey age discrimination cases handled through the NJ Division on Civil Rights (DCR).

The ultimate question in every employment discrimination case is whether the plaintiff was the victim of intentional discrimination. An employee need only prove that his or her age played a role in the decision-making process resulting in the adverse employment action. You do not have to prove age was the sole reason for your firing.

Our age discrimination attorneys are here to assist you each step of the way in proving that your age was used against by your employer.

Examples of Age Discrimination:

  • Pressuring an older employee to retire whether by constantly asking when he or she plans to do so or by threatening to fire the employee if he or she does not retire.
  • Cutting older employees with the highest salaries before younger employees.
  • Not permitting an older employee to learn new skills or attend training.
  • Refusing to hire an otherwise qualified employee based on his or her age.

Have You Been Denied Access to New Training Because of Your Age?

Everyone wants to be good at their job. In today’s fast-paced world, learning new work skills is more important than ever. No matter how long you’ve worked in your industry, being on the cutting edge of workplace technology is critical for continued success.

Unfortunately, some employers treat older employees differently from younger ones. If you have been prohibited from learning new skills or attending training sessions at work, you may be feeling worried about your ability to keep up. But if you were denied access to those programs because of your age, you may also be the victim of age discrimination.

Are Older Employees First On the Chopping Block During Layoffs?

Layoffs are hard on any employee. No one likes to see their coworkers fired, and the feeling of fear many people experience during layoffs is deeply unpleasant, especially if it results in the loss of a valued job. But if your employer is cutting older employees, who have the highest salaries, before younger ones, you may also be experiencing age discrimination.

Equal opportunity in the workplace includes being reviewed equally during cutbacks. Your employer cannot prioritize cuts to older employees on the basis of age.

Is Your Employer Pressuring or Forcing You to Retire?

Does your supervisor constantly ask you about retirement? While it is understandable that an employer would want to know their employees’ retirement plans, it is not okay to pressure older employees to retire. As an older employee, you have the right to a workplace free from badgering about your eventual plans to retire.

Workers over the age of 40 are protected from age-based discrimination. If you are experiencing retirement pressure, you may be the victim of age discrimination.

Sometimes this pressure can grow into something even worse. You may also be experiencing age discrimination if your supervisor has threatened to fire you if you do not retire.

In either case, you owe it to yourself to learn more about age discrimination. An attorney can help you attain the respect you deserve. If you feel that your job is threatened, they may be able to help you save your job before it is too late.

Age Discrimination and Harassment is Illegal

It is illegal to discriminate against an employee because they are over the age of 40. Discrimination can occur in any aspect of employment, including the hiring process, benefits, awarding of bonuses, access to training, and termination. Harassment on the basis of age is also considered discrimination.

If you are experiencing pressure to retire or receiving threats demanding that you retire, you may be experiencing illegal age discrimination. It does not matter how old the person is who is pressuring or threatening you.

If older employees are being deliberately fired before younger ones or if you are denied access to opportunities at work due to your age, you also may be experiencing illegal age discrimination. It does not matter how old the person is who has denied you access to new training; you may still be a victim.

People over the age of 40 deserve the same opportunities to thrive in the workplace as their younger peers. Fortunately, if you are experiencing age discrimination, an experienced attorney can help.

Results may vary depending on your particular facts and legal circumstances.

Discuss Your Case with Our Age Discrimination Attorneys Today

At O’Connor, Parsons, Lane & Noble, our age discrimination attorneys have extensive experience dealing with age discrimination cases. If you suspect Age Discrimination, tell us about your situation. Contact us online or call at (908) 928-9200 or 1-800-586-5817 We will thoroughly evaluate your age discrimination case and suggest the best course of action. Together we will make sure that you get all respect and compensation you deserve, regardless of your age.