Fighting Age Discrimination In The Workplace
Report Discrimination To Your Employer
Age discrimination is prohibited by the Age Discrimination in Employment Act of 1967 and Michigan’s Elliot Larson Civil Rights Act. Under the ADEA employees 40 and older, and under Elliot Larson employees of all ages, are protected from unfair personnel practices based on their age, including hiring, firing, compensation, training and promotion. Discriminatory actions taken by employers can include:
- Replacing older employees with younger, inexperienced employees with lower salaries;
- Turning older employees down for promotions or raises;
- Refusing job training and development to older employees;
- Forcing older employees to take early retirement; and
- Terminating older employees because the company wants a youthful image.
Additionally, if you experience continual harassment based on your age that is bad enough to prevent you from doing your job, it may be considered a hostile work environment.
We can advise you throughout your employer’s reporting policy. It can be beneficial to have an attorney represent you at hearings with your employer and the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) or the Michigan Department of Civil Rights (MDCR), if your case proceeds to that stage. We can also pursue the matter in federal or state court if the case progresses that far.