Age Discrimination Attorneys

At Swartz Swidler, we are aware of how frequently older workers encounter discrimination based on their ages. While it is illegal for employers to discriminate based on age for workers aged 40 and older, many still do. If you are a victim of age-based employment discrimination, you may need help from the attorneys at Swartz Swidler.

What is age discrimination?

Under the law, discrimination based on age is any negative employment action that an employer engages in because of the age of a worker who is at least 40 years old. Older workers are protected against discrimination under both state and federal laws. The discrimination attorneys at Swartz Swidler may help you to determine if your employer’s actions were discriminatory because of your age.

Examples of age-based employment discrimination

There are numerous ways in which an employer may engage in age-based employment discrimination. Some common examples include an employer’s hiring or promoting a younger worker for a position who is less qualified than an older worker who also applied for the job. Others include reducing or terminating benefits for older workers in an effort to avoid paying pensions, terminating older workers to avoid paying benefits, failing to consider older workers for training or promotions and other similar acts. When an employer must conduct layoffs, for example, the employer may not disproportionately lay off workers who are older than 40 simply because of their age or higher salaries.

The Age Discrimination in Employment Act: Protections for older workers

The Age Discrimination in Employment Act, or ADEA, is a federal law that prohibits age discrimination against workers who are 40 years old or older. It forbids age discrimination in all employment-related actions, including the following:

  • Hiring
  • Layoffs
  • Firing
  • Rate of pay
  • Training opportunities
  • Promotions
  • Job assignments
  • Raises
  • Benefits

New Jersey, Pennsylvania and other states also have their own anti-age discrimination laws. Even with the laws, discrimination based on age is a persistent and prevalent problem that often necessitates court action. The age-discrimination lawyers at Swartz Swidler are experienced with fighting against such discrimination and often litigate on their clients’ behalf under the ADEA and state laws to recover damages for the losses they have suffered.

What to Do if You Have Been Treated Unlawfully

If your employer has engaged in illegal age-based employment discrimination, you have rights under state and federal labor and discrimination laws. You should contact an anti-discrimination attorney at Swartz Swidler today to learn more about your rights and information about filing a complaint. Call us today for your free consultation.