Age Discrimination Lawyer for New Jersey Employees
Do you feel you’ve lost your job because of your age? Were you replaced by someone younger, less experienced, or cheaper?
Age discrimination is a serious, wrongful employment practice that is all too common in the modern workplace. Some employers have misconceptions that older workers are likely to have more health problems, work absences, and are technologically behind, leading to unfair practices in their hiring, promotional or firing decisions.
If you think that age discrimination is a potential root cause of your job termination, layoff or reassignment, then you should seek legal advice. It’s important that you know and maintain your employment rights. Christopher L. Deininger can help you if you feel you have been unlawfully fired, “retired,” or out-sourced, because of your age.
How Do I Prove Age Discrimination?
Age discrimination in the workplace comes in many forms. Old or young, no one is immune to being discriminated against at some point in their career because of their age. In fact, the New Jersey Law Against Discrimination and the Federal Age Discrimination in Employment Act (ADEA) prohibits employers from favoring younger workers or using a person’s age against them in any aspect of employment, this includes:
- Age bias in hiring practices and decisions
- Denial of advancement
- Unequal pay or denial of benefits
- Age limits and/or preferences in job postings
- Job assignments based on age
- Disciplinary actions
- Layoffs or termination
Age discrimination is hard to prove. To succeed in a claim of age discrimination, you must demonstrate that your employer treated you differently because of your age. You will need supporting evidence to back your claim and this should include:
- Testimony from a coworker or someone who directly witnessed the discriminatory behavior.
- Corroborating documents detailing the specifics of the age discrimination instances.
- Proof of how the discrimination directly and negatively impacted your quality of life.
Federal law protects employees who are 40 years old and above from unlawful age discrimination. However, under New Jersey law, you only need to be 18 years old or older to be able to file for age discrimination. New Jersey law also prohibits “reverse” age discrimination if an employer discriminates against an employee because they perceive him or her to be too young.
Hire An Experienced, Reputable Attorney To Help You Fight Age Discrimination
Christopher L. Deininger can help you fight your case against all forms of age discrimination. If you have experienced age related discrimination at your job, or would like more information about your employment law rights in New Jersey, contact us today at (973) 879-1610.