As the workforce population ages, and people aged 50 and over go out to seek employment, the issue of age may create some concern and confusion. This has led to numerous age discrimination claims. If it can be proven that you were not hired based on your age, you may have a claim.
Many people believe that age discrimination is just a fact of life, and that it is the last socially acceptable form of discrimination. Even so, older workers have so much to offer in terms of experience, insight, and wisdom, and age discrimination is illegal.
What About Advancement?
If you have ever been passed over for a promotion, you may secretly wonder whether it had anything to do with your age. Generally, the law allows management the right to make its own decisions about who to promote. If you have been passed over for advancement – even though you offer more to the position than a younger person who won the job – you can file a complaint or a claim of age discrimination. It may not make you popular with your employer, but it is a step in the right direction when it comes to protecting your workplace rights.
What Are Legitimate Age Restrictions?
Sometimes there are reasons an employer can use age as a limit in hiring. For example, a moving company may have the requirement that an employee can lift a certain amount of weight. That may not specifically come with an age limit for someone in good shape, but it can be a factor of age.
If you have experienced age discrimination or any other discriminatory hiring practice, call the Philadelphia age discrimination lawyers at Sidney L. Gold & Associates, P.C. They can guide you in making the best decisions and protecting your workplace rights. Please call 215-569-1999, or contact us online for a free consultation.