The Age Discrimination in Employment Act of 1967 (“ADEA”) and a similar Texas law (the Texas Commission on Human Rights Act) were created to protect job applicants and employees 40 years of age and older against discrimination because of age. Age discrimination takes many forms, including preferences for younger people in hiring, firing, benefits, compensation, training, job assignments, layoffs and promotions. Employers are also prohibited from including age limitations in job postings or advertisements, and from using age as a consideration for admission into apprenticeship programs.
Like most kinds of discrimination, age discrimination is usually not obvious or overt. Few supervisors or managers will admit to having a preference for younger employees, or to considering age as a factor in an employment decision. That does not mean age discrimination is not widespread.
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If you suspect that the terms of your employment have been affected by age discrimination, the employment lawyers at our firm can help you analyze your situation and determine if your employer has acted unlawfully. If you have been the victim of age discrimination, we will work with you to try to resolve the situation. Sometimes, we may be able to do this simply by opening a dialog with your employer to discuss changes to the discriminatory environment. Other times, we may have to litigate the claims. In any case, we will be your partner throughout the process, and our extensive experience will be one of your strongest assets. If you feel you’ve been discriminated against because of your age, arrange a consultation with an attorney.