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Am I Protected From Retaliation if I Report Age Discrimination?

April 11th, 2024
A Philadelphia Age Discrimination Lawyer at The Gold Law Firm P.C. Will Help You Protect Your Rights at Work

In the workplace, age should never be a barrier to opportunity or a cause for unfair treatment. The law recognizes this and offers protections against age discrimination, including safeguards for those who report it. Understanding your legal protections is crucial if you find yourself contemplating the repercussions of reporting age discrimination in Pennsylvania.

Protection Under the Law

The Age Discrimination in Employment Act (ADEA) is a federal law prohibiting discrimination against employees and job applicants 40 years or older. The ADEA not only addresses discrimination but also protects individuals from retaliation for reporting or opposing age discrimination practices.

Similarly, Pennsylvania state law under the Pennsylvania Human Relations Act (PHRA) provides additional protections against age discrimination and retaliation. These laws ensure that workers who take action against age discrimination are shielded from adverse consequences by their employers.

Recognizing Retaliation

Retaliation occurs when an employer takes adverse action against an employee for engaging in a protected activity, such as filing a complaint of age discrimination, participating in an investigation, or opposing discriminatory practices. Adverse actions can include termination, demotion, harassment, or any other action discouraging a reasonable person from making or supporting a discrimination claim.

It is essential to understand that protections against retaliation are robust. The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) and state agencies in Pennsylvania are committed to enforcing these protections. Any intentional act responding to a protected activity that negatively impacts the complainant’s employment or work environment may constitute retaliation.

Reporting Age Discrimination

If you believe you have been subjected to age discrimination or retaliation for reporting or opposing such discrimination, there are steps you can take to protect your rights. First, document any instances of discrimination or retaliation, including dates, times, witnesses, and details of the incidents.

You may then file a complaint with the EEOC or the Pennsylvania Human Relations Commission (PHRC). These agencies will investigate your claim and can guide the process. It is important to act promptly, as there are time limits for filing complaints.

Navigating the complexities of employment law can be challenging, especially when facing retaliation. Seeking the advice and representation of an experienced employment law attorney can make a significant difference in your case. An attorney can help you understand your rights, guide you through filing a complaint, and represent you in legal proceedings if necessary.

A Philadelphia Age Discrimination Lawyer at The Gold Law Firm P.C. Will Help You Protect Your Rights at Work

No one should have to tolerate age discrimination or fear retaliation for standing up against it. Federal and state laws provide strong protections for workers in Pennsylvania who report age discrimination. If you are in such a situation, remember you have rights and resources available to support you. The Gold Law Firm P.C. is here to help. Speak with a Philadelphia age discrimination lawyer today. Call 215-569-1999 or contact us online to schedule your free consultation. With offices in Philadelphia and Pennsauken, New Jersey, we serve clients in South Jersey and Southeastern Pennsylvania, including Wilkes-Barre, Scranton, Northeast Philadelphia, Bucks County, Chester County, Delaware County, Lehigh County, Montgomery County, and Cherry Hill.

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