Charlotte Age Discrimination Lawyer
Age discrimination occurs when an employee is treated adversely by their employer because of their age. Generally, the Age Discrimination in Employment Act protects employees who are over 40 years of age. Among other things, employees can be discriminated against on the basis of their age in employment decisions (e.g., hiring, firing, promotion), workplace rules, compensation, and in the existence of a non-threatening work environment. Employers are also prohibited from treating older workers differently in performance reviews or in the setting of goals and metrics as compared to younger employees in similarly situated positions.
It is unlawful to use age as the criteria to determine which employees to hire, or fire, or how to pay employees. It is also unlawful to harass employees based on their age by making offensive remarks, engaging in stereotyping, or allowing a hostile or intimidating working environment.
We see many instances of age discrimination occur in the context of “reorganizations” and “reductions in force.” Employers can use these otherwise lawful structural changes as a way to terminate older workers by “reorganizing” them out of their job. We have a great deal of experience analyzing these types of structural changes to evaluate whether they target or unduly burden older workers. If you have been the victim of age discrimination, we encourage you to contact us.