Losing a job can be difficult for anyone, but it often provides special challenges for older workers. Individuals over 55 are likely to face long job hunt times in a tough economy. The ranks of older workers among the long-term unemployed have swelled of late. Many of them have lost their jobs in this economy, while others are finding it difficult to find new ones, and the harsh reality is their age is part of the reason. Age discrimination is viewed as an acceptable bias in many of the Nation’s workplaces and it has only worsened in this tough economy.
According to recent AARP research, 1 in 5 workers in the U.S. is 55 years of age, or older. 64% of workers say they have seen or experienced age discrimination in the workplace.
The Importance of Having a Trusted Age Discrimination Employment Attorney In Your Corner
The Age Discrimination in Employment Act of 1967 protects workers 40 and older from personnel decisions based solely on age in hiring, firing, layoffs, promotions or demotions. The act applies to employers with at least 20 workers. That law was weakened in 2009, advocates say, when a U.S. Supreme Court ruling made it more difficult for workers to prove age discrimination. The court ruled that the burden of proof was now on the worker to show that age was the deciding factor — rather than one of a number of factors, as previously held — in a dismissal, demotion or other adverse action.
If you have been a victim of Age Discrimination, you need to speak to an experienced and trusted Employment Attorney right away. At SANFORD A. KASSEL, A Professional Law Corporation, we keep up with current State and Federal Laws affecting our age-discrimination clients’ cases. We work with a team of top-notch legal experts, to put together the most compelling case on your behalf. We always prepare each case as though it will go to trial in a court of law. We are trial attorneys, and if we can’t get you a top settlement offer, we will proceed to trial. We are widely respected among the legal community for being tenacious and always well prepared to go up against the opposition. We are zealous advocates for our clients, and will guide you carefully through every step of the litigation process. You will be working directly with one of our Employment Attorneys.