Age Discrimination

In 1967, the federal government passed legislation protecting individuals 40 years of age or older against age discrimination. Known as the Age Discrimination in Employment Act (ADEA), the law forbids:

  • Unfair practices against older employees when advertising or posting employment opportunities, unless age is a qualified factor of employment
  • Discrimination because of age at any stage of the employment process including, hiring, review, promotion, or termination
  • Reduction or refusal of employee benefits based on age, including health or life insurance
  • Requiring early retirement. The ADEA also prohibits employer discrimination against older employees when implementing a reduction in force or significant layoffs
  • Retaliation against employees seeking redress under the ADEA

Although passed into law years ago, basic issues addressed by the ADEA continue to play a disturbing role in our workplace today. Impacted by economic downturn, age discrimination continues to emerge in the following ways:

  • Employment: Difficulty of older or displaced workers to find and keep employment
  • Compensation: Bias against seemingly higher expenses of hiring older, more experienced, workers
  • Benefits: Employer reluctance in providing and maintaining health care benefits for older workers

Established in 1964, Zipkin Whiting Co., LPA is an experienced employment discrimination law firm in Cleveland. With a team of attorneys accomplished in the areas of age, disability, and racial discrimination, we have achieved significant success in hundreds of discrimination cases brought by hard-working individuals accorded unfair treatment due to their age.

What can you do about age discrimination?

According to the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC), there were 22,778 charges of age discrimination made under the ADEA in 2009.  Despite its frequency, however, proving age discrimination can be difficult. A successful outcome depends upon giving concrete proof that negative actions were taken because of the age of an employee. In Cleveland, age discrimination can be addressed by:

  • Filing a complaint with the EEOC: A complaint for age discrimination can be filed at an EEOC field office (Anthony J. Celebrezze Federal Building in Cleveland). As with all actions, inquire about time limits for filing your charge.
  • Contacting an attorney: Speaking with employment discrimination attorneys who concentrate on age discrimination cases can save you time and money. Whether you decide to move forward with a formal action, consultation with an experienced, concerned legal professional can quickly provide you a broad overview of your rights, your options, and potential outcomes.

Help with age discrimination in Cleveland

Focused on employment discrimination in Cleveland, Zipkin Whiting Co., LPA has a successful track record protecting and pursuing the rights of individuals facing discrimination because of age, race, or other factors. We can help you. Contact us today toll free at 888-339-6094 or 216-514-6400.