Age Discrimination Lawsuits

Workers in Massachusetts who are over the age of 40 are legally protected from age discrimination. Employers cannot fire, demote, harass, or retaliate against workers simply because they are over the age of 40 – it’s just not allowed.

But it still happens.

It can happen to men and women, and it affects people of all races and ethnicities. However, workers have rights, and they can take action to protect themselves and their livelihoods.

Most importantly, if age discrimination happened to you, you may be able to get compensation for the wrong you have suffered.

What Does Age Discrimination Look Like?

The most obvious – and blatant – type of age discrimination is when a business terminates an employee who is over 40, and then quickly fills that job with someone who is 5 years younger (or more) than the terminated employee.

But there are many other ways that Age Discrimination can occur in a workplace. Some of the most common examples include:

  • Being demoted or passed over for promotion due to age
  • Being given worse work assignments due to age
  • Not being given a raise because of your age
  • Company forcing new processes on older employees without proper training
  • Company not allowing appropriate time to learn new procedures
  • Layoffs involving only (or mostly) people over the age of 40
  • Being replaced by someone substantially less qualified for the position

Sound Familiar? How about hearing managers and bosses making comments about:

  • The color of your hair (“showing some grays, there, Bob!”)
  • How much you’re “costing” the company
  • Your attitude (“you’re such a cranky old man”)
  • Your ideas (“maybe that was a good idea in the old days, Mary!”)
  • How the company is looking for “new ideas”
  • How the company needs “young blood”
  • How the company needs “fresh points of view”

These are all examples of potential age discrimination. No one should have to put up with this.

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What Can I Do If I Think I’ve Been Discriminated Against Based On Age?

The first thing you should do is document as much as you can.

Make notes about the dates and times that comments were made, and the things that were said; save emails from your managers or bosses; save copies of your employee reviews; be observant and make a record of similar behaviors towards other employees.

The second thing you should do is seek qualified representation. A local attorney who is well-versed in discrimination law could make all the difference if you choose to make a claim against your employer or former employer. They will have attorneys who will be fighting to defend their side of the story – you should have one who will fight for yours.

Finally, be ready to act quickly. In Massachusetts, it’s highly advisable to contact an attorney with 180 days (6 months) of the incidents you’ll be reporting, to make sure that you and your attorney have time to assemble all of your materials for a case.

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