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Age discrimination is illegal under Pennsylvania and federal law. To bring a claim for age discrimination, you must be at least forty (40) years old.
Age discrimination occurs when an employee is fired, demoted, not hired, or denied a promotion because of his or her age. This includes when employers take an action against an employee because of assumptions about how people of a certain age group behave, or when they typically retire.
When an employer undergoes a reduction in force and needs to lay people off, sometimes they choose older employees first. If you have been offered a severance agreement following a layoff for a reduction in force, it is important to have an attorney review that severance agreement before you sign it. The Older Workers Benefits Protection Act contains several requirements for a waiver of age discrimination rights to be enforceable.
If you believe you have been a victim of age discrimination, contact an age discrimination lawyer at Elzer Law Firm, LLC today for a free consultation.